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Colombia has the second highest number of victims of anti-personnel landmines in the world - more than 10,000 in 25 years. According to Handicap International, 80% of the survivors of armed violence have a disability.
Colombia is strongly affected by armed violence as a result of a conflict that has already lasted for over 50 years. The country is also ravaged by drug trafficking and delinquency, linked to the extensive social inequality which divides society. Landmines are also an omnipresent feature of the conflict zones. Between 1990 and 2013, there were more than 10,000 victims of anti-personnel mines and explosive remnants of war, according to the Presidential programme for action against mines. According to a study by Handicap International, 80% of the survivors of armed violence have a disability.
These victims are primarily civilians from the poorest social classes, who live in the most remote and deprived areas in terms of health structures. The care-management system across the board is woefully inadequate for the poorest members of society and people with disabilities are marginalised.
During the First Review Conference of the Convention on Cluster Munitions held in September 2015, Colombia signed the treaty, which bans the use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster munitions throughout the world.
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