Scott Mc Kiernan Presents zReportage.com Story of the Week #813 TUESDAY November 9, 2021: ‘IRAQ’S KILLING FIELDS’ by ZUMA Press award winning photographer Daniel Carde who has covered landmine removal from Cambodia to Iraq.
zReportage.com Story of the Week #813: TUESDAY November 9, 2021: ‘IRAQ’S KILLING FIELDS’ by ZUMA Press award winning photographer Daniel Carde who has covered landmine removal from Cambodia to Iraq: Ali is a local legend and hero in Iraqi Kurdistan, he’s rescued 182 people from deadly minefields, cleared 104 villages, demined 540 square kilometers of land, taught landmine awareness to at least 700 schools and rendered safe more than 2.5 million landmines and unexploded ordnances, many of those he cleared as a double amputee having lost his right leg to an Italian made landmine in January 1989. Iraq is the world’s most contaminated country with landmines, partly due to the mines laid by Islamic State to defend the territory it once controlled over Iraq and Syria, but also as a result of the 2003 invasion by the U.S.-led coalition, the 1991 Gulf War and the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war. The global casualty toll of landmines doubled in 2018 from a 2013 low due to heavy conflicts in the region and to the increased use of improvised landmines set by militant groups such as Islamic State. Welcome to: ‘IRAQ’S KILLING FIELDS’
Scott Mc Kiernan, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, ZUMA Press