What you need to know: Landmines are an explosive charge concealed just under the surface of the ground or of a roadway, designed to be detonated by pressure. They are indiscriminate once planted they will detonate on contact. It wouldn't matter who you are, why you were there, nothing. In the last 25 years approximately 50 nations have produced and exported about 200 million landmines. Therefore even if we in Canada do not deal with landmines it is still a big issue around the world. There are two way to refer to landmines: "smart mines" and "dumb mines". Both which I don't agree with because landmines are inhumane. But "smart mines" are the safer version of landmines because they are marked and can be deactivated. They also are very useful in war zone to save troops and destroy the enemy. In order to get rid of these mines "is much like trying to outlaw war it-self." Then there is "dumb mines" which are indiscriminately place and unmarked. Unable to be found and deactivated. Although "smart mines" are marked, both "smart" and "dumb" mines are hard to find because rain and other weather can move landmines. Once planted landmines have a lifespan of 50 to 100 years. They cost $1-$15 to make but $300-$1000 to deactivate
"Every twenty-two minutes someone loses a limb or a life to landmines-more than 26,000 men, women, and children each year."
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