Mine clearance should be priority: official

Writer: 
Kyaw Myo
An October 19 educational forum on landmines.
Since there are landmines, improvised mines and explosives in nine states and regions, mine-clearance should be a priority, advises the deputy director-general of the Social Welfare Department.
“Between 2015 and 2016 there were 224 landmine casualties,” Myo Sett Aung told a forum on October 19.
Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Mon, Rakhine, Shan, Bago and Sagaing reportedly had landmine risks.
Children accounted for one of every three landmine victims, said the Myanmar Mine Risks Working Group.
The group’s studies from 2014 found that three out of four children were unaware of mines and explosives, said Myo Sett Aung.
Unicef, a UN body concerned with children, and many INGOs have been working together to support mine victims and educate people about the danger of mines.
More aid is needed, said Myo Sett Aung.
He called for the government to do mine-clearance works along with the peace process.
Public lectures about landmines had been held in Kachin, northern Shan, Kayin and Rakhine, where mine risk was high, he added.