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Migrants: IOM, dangers from landmines on Balkan Route

In Bosnia 617 lives have been lost since the end of the war

11 August, 12:52
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, AUG 11 - Migrants travelling through the so-called Balkan route face several risks including land mines, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) warned today.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina Mine Action Centre estimates that there are 180,000 unexploded mines left over from the wars of the 1990s. Since then, 130,000 have been removed, and 617 lives have been lost.

To alert migrants and IOM Outreach staff about the danger of land mines, IOM recently concluded a series of training sessions in the temporary reception centres, the organization said.

"Very few migrants know that there are land mines in Bosnia and Herzegovina and, even if they are aware, they don't know what to look for," said Rajko Živak, one of the instructors.

"We have warned them to be extra careful when they pass through remote or abandoned areas," Živak added. (ANSA).

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