Nine of Burma’s 14 states and divisions are contaminated with landmines and explosive remnants of war from ongoing and past conflicts. The country has some of the highest mine accident rates in the world.
On average, every three days a person is a victim of landmines, according to the Mine Risk Working Group. One out of every three victims is a child.
Unicef called on the government to “urgently address” the impacts of violence, poverty, and disadvantage affecting the lives of up to 2.2 million children in the country in a report issued this week.
Photographer Patrick Brown documented the devastating impact of landmines on the lives of children and adults on a visit with Unicef to a camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in Kachin State.