The overwhelming presence of landmines and explosive remnants of war in Lebanon has created a diverse and complex problem that continues to affect the socioeconomic development of the country. A number of mine/ERW accidents have occurred while individuals engage in farming activities. According to Landmine Monitor, about 62 percent of contaminated areas is agricultural land, and casualties tend to increase in planting and harvesting months. With contamination of agricultural land, landmines have delayed the implementation of a major drinking and irrigation water pipeline project.3 Also, there has been a noticeable decrease in agricultural production, the major source of income for Lebanese villagers. The country faces high unemployment rates and an increased number of individuals with disabilities. In South Lebanon, the most contaminated area of the country, these problems affect the livelihoods of roughly 500,000 people.
Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction: Vol. 11
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Available at: http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol11/iss2/35