It is estimated that there are 500,000 survivors of accidents caused by landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war. In addition, millions of people live under the threat of those weapons, sometimes decades after conflict.
According to the 2012 Cluster Munition Monitor report, 94 percent of registered casualties are civilians and 40 percent are children
One cluster bomb contains hundreds of bomblets (or submunitions) and typically scatters them across an area the size of two to four football fields
Bomblets are small, often the size of a 'D' battery or a tennis ball and have a failure rate of up to 30 percent; unexploded bomblets become de facto landmines
More than 70 countries stockpiled over one billion submunitions in 2012
The United States stockpile contains at least 730 million submunitions
34 countries are known to have produced more than 210 types of cluster munitions, 17 of which are suspected of still producing in 2012
Cluster bombs impede economic development, restrict access to water and deprive children of safe access to education
There were 40 countries and territories affected by the presence of unexploded munitions as of 2012
Unexploded bomblets were responsible for nearly 10% of U.S. fatalities in the Gulf War
The United States dropped 19 million in Cambodia, 70 million in Vietnam and 208 million in Laos
The U.S. executed more than 580,000 bombing missions over Laos, dropping, on average, an entire planeload of bombs every eight minutes, around the clock, for nine years.
The most cluster contaminated areas are in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Iraq, Laos, Kosovo and Vietnam.
Handicap International's most prestigious awards include:
2011 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize
For our assistance to people with disabilities in situations of poverty, exclusion, conflict and disaster.
1997 Nobel Peace Prize
For campaign success with our partners at the International Campaign to Ban Landmines in creating the 1997 Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty, which bans the deployment, stockpiling, production and sale of anti-personnel mines, and ensures their destruction.
1996 United Nations Nansen Refugee Award
For our service to refugees as well as our contributions to the elimination of landmines.
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