Posts Tagged ‘Children casualties’

Reuters | Nick Carey | July 18, 2011

MISRATA, Libya – When 12-year-old Mohammed Bielshak left the house with his brother Ali on March 20, it was to give water from their well to thirsty rebels nearby who were fighting forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.

“All we wanted to do was help the revolutionaries,” Mohammed said.

While they were out in the street, they were hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. Ali, 14, sustained shrapnel wounds in the leg and stomach and now walks with crutches. Mohammed lost his right arm just below the elbow and his left thumb and was blinded in his left eye. His right leg was fractured and has had reconstructive surgery on his left leg. (more…)

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NAIROBI, 31 May 2011 (IRIN) – Hundreds of children younger than five have been wounded in the latest round of fighting in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, accounting for almost half of all trauma cases in May, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO).

In a press statement issued on 31 May, WHO said recent data showed that the main causes of death among under-fives were burns, chest injuries and internal haemorrhaging caused by blast injuries, shrapnel and bullets.

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November 11, 2010

A 10-year-old girl died and her sister was injured when a leftover cluster munition exploded, an official said Thursday as global delegates met in Laos aiming to speed removal of the bombs.


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COLOMBO, 28 May 2010 (IRIN) – The recent death of a French de-miner in northern Sri Lanka highlights the ongoing threat of landmines in preventing the safe return of tens of thousands of conflict-displaced.

Dominique Morin, who worked for the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action, was killed on 10 May when a device he was handling exploded in the village of Kakkayankulam West, in eastern Mannar District.   (more…)

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KABUL, Afghanistan – On January 31, ISAF forces from Patrol Base Bandit, in the Nad Ali district of Helmand Province, came under attack from enemy forces firing from positions inside a local compound. The enemy initiated the attack on the Patrol Base using Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) launchers supported by various other weapons. ISAF troops, being under immediate threat, directed accurate fire into the enemy position. During the incident troops clearly identified eight enemy combatants and a firing point. (more…)

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