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Good morning, this is Nicolas. Today, we’re covering the increase in landmine casualties last year, as the pandemic brought mine clearing efforts to a halt.

We’re also keeping an eye on the dozens of UN drivers arrested by Ethiopian police amid a crackdown on ethnic Tigrayans. Meanwhile in Glasgow, a draft Cop26 agreement is urging countries to strengthen their emission pledges by the end of next year.

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Nicolas Camut


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An Afghan security official collects mines and ammunition northeast of Herat, Afghanistan, 27 April 2021. (Credits: Keystone/EPA/Jalil Rezayee)

How the pandemic led to a rise in landmine casualties. Disrupted by the spread of Covid-19, mine clearance efforts and face-to-face mine risk education services were suspended across the world during 2020. According to a recent report, over 7,000 casualties from landmines and explosive remnants of war were recorded over the year – up 20 per cent from 2019 – with the pandemic also creating difficulties to bring assistance to victims.

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