Landmines: Bosnia's Silent Hazard

Collection with 26 media items created by Michael Biach

Bosnia and Herzegovina 28 Apr 2015 00:00

Almost two decades after the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina ended the country remains threatened by more than 120,000 landmines, buried in the ground along former frontlines. As urban areas are meanwhile largely cleared people living in the remote landside of Bosnia are permanently threatened by the silent hazard near their homes.

Today nearly 1,250 square kilometers of Bosnia - about 2.5% of its total land mass - are still profoundly mined and not all areas are already known. Bosnia was supposed to be mine-free in 2009 but had to postpone the date to 2019, an enthusiastic goal that still seems very unrealistic. Bosnia seems to have the personal and technical capacity to demine the country but lacks in financial funds. The country needs an estimated amount of 40 million Euros every year to be mine-free until the end of this decade. 

Bosnia and Herzegovina Mine Action Center (BHMAC) is responsible for non-technical survey of contaminated areas, planning, quality assurance and coordination of mine action activiites in the country. Demining activities are conducted by 27 accredited demining organizations including the highly efficient Norwegian People's Aid (NPA).

Living next to mine fields in rural areas has been accepted as a fact of life. Since Bosnia's three-year war ended in 1995 landmines have killed more than 600 people and injured about 1,700 individuals while the total number of victims including those killed or injured during the war is almost 10,000.

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Doboj
By Michael Biach
28 Apr 2015

Since 1992 more than 8.350 people have been killed or injured by landmines or UXO's. Ljubomir Blagojevic, 56, was injured in 1992 in a landmine incident while serving in the Army of Republika Srpska.

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Srnice
By Michael Biach
28 Apr 2015

Miro Ljubojevic was injured in a explosion of two landmines. He suffered severe injuries and has an amputation of the left leg below the knee plus an amputation of the right foot.

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Donji Rahic
By Michael Biach
27 Apr 2015

Donji Rahić. Deminers from Norwegian People's Aid with their mine detection dogs.

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Donji Rahic
By Michael Biach
27 Apr 2015

A MV-4 mine-clearance vehicle in the field in Donji Rahic.

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Grebnice
By Michael Biach
28 Apr 2015

Grebnice. An old mine-warning sign. Two decades after the end of the war up to 120,000 mines are still buried along the former frontlines.

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Sarajevo
By Michael Biach
26 Apr 2015

PROM-1. Most deadly and common landmine in Bosnia.

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Skipovac Donji
By Michael Biach
25 Apr 2015

Todor Jankovic‡ accidentally released a deadly PROM-1 mine. Luckily the landmine was a dud and didn't kill him.

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Skipovac Donji
By Michael Biach
25 Apr 2015

Todor Jankovic‡ accidently released a deadly PROM-1 mine. Luckily the landmine was a dud and didn't kill him.

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Grebnice
By Michael Biach
28 Apr 2015

Jana Spionjak's husband Joso was killed in a landmine incident on Sept. 1st, 2014 while working in a wooden area that used to be cleared.

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Novo Selo
By Michael Biach
26 Apr 2015

Beside landmines, thousands of unexploded ordnance (UXO) and cluster munition threaten the people of Bosnia & Herzegovina.

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Donji Rahic
By Michael Biach
27 Apr 2015

De-miners prepare the remote controlled MV-4 mine-clearance vehicle called "El Mino" in Donji Rahic.

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Skipovac Donji
By Michael Biach
25 Apr 2015

Only a few have returned and are living in the village as most of the agricultural area is still mined.

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Novo Selo
By Michael Biach
26 Apr 2015

A de-miner from Norwegian People's Aid next to a located mine.

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Skipovac Donji
By Michael Biach
25 Apr 2015

A dog is searching for landmines near Skipovac Donji.

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Skipovac Donji
By Michael Biach
25 Apr 2015

A dog is searching for landmines in an area of Skipovac Donji.

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Skipovac Donji
By Michael Biach
25 Apr 2015

Team members from the Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) are getting ready for mine clearance operations.

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Skipovac Donji
By Michael Biach
25 Apr 2015

A dog is searching for landmines in Skipovac Donji.

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Skipovac Donji
By Michael Biach
25 Apr 2015

The little village of Skipovac Donji is scattered with landmines. An abandoned school is visible in the background by the main road.

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Lukavica Rijeka
By Michael Biach
24 Sep 2013

Razija Aljic‡ with her only remaining son Ruzmir, 19. Following the return to their pre-war house in the village of Lukavica Rijeka, the family'€™s tragedy took its course: In 1996 Razija lost Nedzad, then 19, in a landmine incident near their house. Only two years later her husband got killed in another explosion. In summer 2011, Razija's second son Yusuf and his brother-in-law were fatally wounded by a landmine explosion and died in the forests.

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Bosanski Brod
By Michael Biach
26 Apr 2015

Mine Risk Training in a primary school in Bosanski Brod, and organized by the Norwegian People's Aid.

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Doboj
By Michael Biach
28 Apr 2015

In Doboj, war veterans and landmine victims are playing volleyball in a club that Landmine Survivors Initiative employee Zoran Panic has founded.

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Grebnice
By Michael Biach
28 Apr 2015

The village of Grebnice suffered from the 2014 flooding. Areas that had been identified as safe needed to be marked again.

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Donji Rahic
By Michael Biach
27 Apr 2015

In Donji Rahic, agricultural areas still scattered with landmines next to cleared land where habitants can already work.