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Colombia Rebels Increase Use of Land Mines

Army Pvt. Sergio Sanchez silently slipped through the jungle as his unit encircled a rebel camp, but then his boot snagged on a wire rigged to a land mine. The blast severed his leg. Three months later, Sanchez is in a wheelchair and waiting for an artificial leg. He is among more than 800 soldiers and civilians killed or wounded by rebel land mines in Colombia since January 2003 — a sharp increase in mine-related casualties that has provoked international alarm and condemnation. “It has turned into a humanitarian disaster,” said Alvaro Jimenez, the Colombia representative of the Washington-based International Campaign to Ban Landmines. “When almost all other countries are making progress toward removing mines, we are confronted with a proliferation of the weapons.” Full Story

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