People are still dying today from wars that ended decades ago. How is that possible you ask? The answer lays out of our sight, but certainly not out of the minds of those affected. Land mines from past wars are still active in many areas, primarily Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen, and the casualties have been increasing. In 2015 alone, casualties amounted to 6,461 people, a 75 percent increase from 2014 and the highest reported casualty total since 200’6s figure of 6,573.

Despite an international treaty banning land mines being in place and signed by over 162 nations, 35 countries, including China, Russia and the United States, have not signed agreed to be a part of the treaty. Main reasons for this refusal include the general fact that these nations don’t produce or use land mines, but the United States has also made clear that they will observe the “key requirements” of the everywhere except for the Demilitarized Zone on the Korean Peninsula, which remains one of the most heavily mined areas in the world. Overall, without the participation of these more prominent nations and with the decrease of international funding for mine removal procedures, a future of peace does not seem likely.

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