Children of Kachin in Myanmar need protection and have a right to peace, says UNICEF: Landmines silent but deadly threat, UNICEF, 22 April 2014

Article quotes UNCEF Representative to Myanmar, Bertrand Bainvel as saying, “It is an unfortunate fact that the heightened risk that children face does not disappear even after the fighting stops, because they face a significantly increased risk of falling victim to commonly used landmines and even to possible recruitment into the combatant’s armed forces,”

UNICEF states that, Kachin and Northern Shan are already among the most heavily mined areas in Myanmar. Landmines left behind or placed intentionally continue to cause harm to vulnerable populations, including children. They also inhibit the delivery of humanitarian assistance. With the renewal of hostilities UNICEF is concerned that new minefields will further increase the dangers to children.

URL for full article:  http://www.unicef.org/eapro/media_22426.html

 
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