|Twelve-year-old Abdul Malik adjusts his prosthesis at home in Kabul, Afghanistan. He lost his leg in a landmine explosion which also killed his brother. He doesn’t go to school and his prospects of finding work are slim.|
NEW YORK, 1 November 2004 - Thousands of children all over the world are being killed, injured and orphaned by landmines. In many countries children account for one in five landmine victims.
UNICEF is calling on all countries to join the Mine Ban Treaty, which prohibits the use, stockpiling or production of landmines. A total of 143 states have so far ratified the agreement, which became law in 1999.
The Nairobi Summit on a Mine-Free World is the first review of the treaty and takes place from 29 November to 3 December 2004, in Nairobi, Kenya.
UNICEF will join hundreds of international organizations, global leaders and individuals who have been affected by mines, to urge action to rid the world of landmines.
UNICEF’s Executive Director Carol Bellamy will attend the summit with a young boy from Bosnia who lost his hand in a landmine explosion. He will make a personal plea on behalf of all landmine victims.
Fact sheet: Children and landmines [PDF]