Via the U.N. Mine Action Service Facebook page, noting today’s United Nations’ International Day for Mine Awareness:

Via the U.N. Mine Action Service Facebook page, noting today’s United Nations’ International Day for Mine Awareness:

Take a look at this selection of images, including this photo of a member of an all-female demining team, from photographer and mine action global advocate Marco Grob’s recent trip to South Sudan. Photo gallery:

http://lightbox.time.com/2011/04/05/international-mine-action-day-portraits-by-marco-grob/#1

In early February, I passed several minefields in Chile, many of which were laid right up to the edge of the highway we were driving on, a gruesome remnant of the country’s military past. Between 1974 and 1978, dictator Augusto Pinochet’s armed forces set up 293 minefields along Chile’s rugged, sparsely populated borders with Peru, Bolivia and Argentina that contained between 250,000 and 1 million anti-personnel and anti-tank landmines. More than three decades later, many have yet to be cleared.

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