Who was injured or killed by mines, cluster munitions, and other ERW in the reporting period?

Mines/explosive remnants of war

There were at least 1,072 child casualties in 2015. Child casualties in 2015 accounted for 38% of all civilian casualties for whom the age was known. This was similar to the 39% recorded for 2014 and for 2012, but a significant decrease from many past years, including 2013 with 46%. Children were killed (347) and injured (725) by mines/ERW in 36 countries and other areas in 2015.

As in previous years, in 2015 the vast majority of child casualties where the sex was known were boys (82%).

ERW caused the most child casualties (456, or 43%), followed by victim-activated improvised mines (319, or 30%). For more information on child casualties and assistance see the annual Monitor fact sheet on landmines/ERW and children.

Mine/ERW casualties by age in 2015
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In 2015, female casualties made up 14% of all casualties for which the sex was known (551 of 4,026).

Mine/ERW casualties by sex in 2015
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In 2015, there were 46 casualties identified among deminers (six deminers were killed and 40 injured) in 10 states. This represented a similar finding as for 2014, when 53 deminer casualties were recorded in 10 states. It was, however, about half of the average of 105 casualties among deminers per year since 1999.

Between 1999 and 2015, the Monitor identified more than 1,600 deminers who were killed or injured while undertaking clearance operations.

Mine/ERW casualties by civilian/military status in 2015

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Cluster munition remnants

In 2016, civilians made up 98% (694) of all cluster munition casualties for which the status was known (707). The status was unknown for 264 casualties. The high percentage of civilian casualties is consistent with findings based on analysis of historical data. Six casualties were recorded as military/combatants, and seven were clearance personnel (humanitarian deminers, explosive ordinance disposal technicians, or similar), making up some 1% of the 2016 total each.

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Children accounted for 41% of all cluster munition casualties, where the age group was reported in 2016. This included 175 children among 425 casualties of known age group.

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Women and girls made up 27% of casualties, where sex was recorded (301).

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 (Last updated based on Landmine Monitor 2016 and Cluster Munition Monitor 2017)