Mine action "has to come first" in world's humanitarian crises

Bruno Donat from UNMAS, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS). Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré.

The indiscriminate nature of the threat posed by land mines has shown just how important mine-clearance work is to helping people affected by conflict , the UN said Monday.

Around 10 people a day are killed by landmines and around 40 per cent are children, according to the UN's Mine Action Service (UNMAS).

Speaking on the International Day for Mine Awareness, chief of UNMAS in Geneva, Bruno Donat, told Daniel Johnson that UN member states are increasingly supportive of the service's efforts.

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