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Cluster munition victims

29-02-2008

What is known and what is needed? Who are the victims off cluster munitions? What help do cluster munition victims need? Are cluster munition victims getting the help they need?

   
©AP / M. Zaatari    
 
   

     

 What is known and what is needed?  

    

There are victims of cluster munitions in at least 21 States and four areas of Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe. A 2007 study published by Handicap International confirmed 13,306 deaths and injuries due to cluster munit ions. Men were found to be the most frequent victims, followed by children, who are often attracted by the shape, size and colour of cluster munitions. Boys are particularly at risk due to the activities they are often assigned in rural communities (such as farming and herding). Women make up a smaller percentage of cluster munition victims in most of the contaminated areas.Survivors of cluster munition incidents will often have serious blast or fragment injuries. They will frequently need long term treatment and rehabilitation, which will include medical care, physical rehabilitation, psycho-social support and socio-economic reintegration.
 

  •  Who are the victims off cluster munitions?  

  •  What help do cluster munition victims need?  

  •  Are cluster munition victims getting the help they need?