Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Another landmine death

Yesterday's Oslobođenje reported that a man of 74 was out gathering mushrooms and spotted a few choice ones right in the minefield where the young man was killed day before yesterday. Now I like mushrooms as much as the next person, and I know what it is to be hungry, which I am sure the man must have been to risk himself that way. Anyway he walked in, and got killed.

This particular minefield has killed a lot of people this year, and in BiH last year a total of 22 people died in landmine explosions, this year the toll is 20 so far.

I wonder how the priority for demining is determined. It sounds like local authority road-crossings in London. There have to have been three serious accidents beofre the location is considered dangerous enough for a crossing, it doesn't matter that a crossing is obviously needed.
The same thing about crossings is true in the U.S. I think there is some rule of 'acceptable losses' at play and worldwide for crossings it seems to be 3 deaths. On minefields, I have NO idea how they prioritize projects. There has to be some way they decide.
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