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Living with Landmines: From International Treaty to Reality Paperback – 15 May 2001

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LIVING WITH LANDMINES is a major investigation into the controversies surrounding one of the major political issues of the day. Focusing on the work already underway in Cambodia and Mozambique, the book reveals the high profile progress that has been made in the last few years, but more importantly uncovers some devastating news for the international agencies committed to eradicating the problem. On the one hand, governments, the UN and a few dedicated NGOs have devised successful techniques for cleaning up the millions of landmines already in place around the world, and these methods are absolutely safe and effective. The bad news, as this book reveals, is that they will never be able to finish the job. The system now in place relies entirely on foreign aid for funding and technical support, but the cleanup effort will take more than a century. It is inconceivable that the essential support can be maintained until the job is done.

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A very interesting read 24 Dec. 2001
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The book is fairly thorough in addressing the large difficulty which has been created worldwide by using landmines in warfare. The authors describe the lives of a government demining crew, a landmine victim, a family living in the midst of minefields, and an operator of a handmade demining contraption. In addition, they go into detail on the types of landmines that have been used in warfare historically, and the difficulties which these numerous types of mines create.
Overall, the authors are very successful in portraying the rather grim picture of the many countries which face the difficulty of living with landmines, as well as the staggering figures of just how long it would take to rid the world of this danger. The book is a very easy read, and has a number of interesting anecdotes about the various people and countries interspersed with the details of the problem at hand.
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