“Mine clearance in Bosnia and Herzegovina” — a documentary from Deutsche Welle.

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Cronyism, nepotism, venality and corruption — no, this isn’t the Monday morning star chamber meetings at New Albany’s ruling party bunker.

Rather, it’s the backdrop to land mine removal efforts in Bosnia Herzegovina. Two decades after the conclusion of the civil war in former Yugoslavia, the removal effort lags amid rampant Gahanization. It is thought that up to 500,000 people (15% of the country’s population) face the daily possibility of land mine accidents.

A horrible reality: 259 children have died in land mine accidents since the war’s end. Land mines are cheap to produce and expensive to remove; tens of thousands of land mines remain buried.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Mine Action Centre

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA MINE SITUATION 2018

Current mine suspected area is covering 1053km2 or 2% of total country area. There are still remaining 75000-80000 mines and UXO in BiH.

The most impacted areas are: Maglaj, Doboj, Zavidovići, Gornji Vakuf, Doboj, Teslić, Maglaj, Usora, Sanki Most, Velika Kladuša, Travnik i Ilijaš.

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