Namibia: Insgesamt 51 Menschen durch Apartheid-Landminen getötet
In Namibia haben Landminen seit der Apartheid 51 Menschen getötet und zahlreiche verletzt. Eine landesweite Kampagne warnt die Menschen vor der lauernden Gefahr.
A total of 51 people have been killed by apartheid-era landmines during the past 15 years.
During the same period - from 2000 to 2015 - about 253 people were injured by these devices.
Police spokesperson Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi told Namibian Sun the Kavango Region recorded 23 deaths and 137 injuries.
The Oshikoto Region had four deaths and 19 injuries.
In the Zambezi Region, three people died and 37 were injured, while in Kunene Region three people died and eight were injured during the same period.
Kanguatjivi said the police realised there may still be many explosive devices lying idle around the country.
They have therefore decided to launch a campaign this week to warn the public.
The ‘Don’t Touch It - Report It’ campaign will be launched by Police Inspector-General Lieutenant Sebastian
The campaign is aimed at warning residents about the dangers of the explosive devices and to discourage them from touching them.
“The inspector-general saw the need to relaunch the campaign that was launched in 1996, to make people aware of their existence,” said Kanguatjivi.
Kanguatjivi said according to statistics available, the problem is countrywide, including in the Khomas and Hardap regions, where people have been killed after tampering with unexploded devices.
He said initially landmines were found in war zone areas close to the country’s borders in the Kunene, Ohangwena, Omusati, Zambezi and Kavango regions.
“They are also found in Oshikoto Region at Omuthiya. The South African army left these things there.”
While issuing a stern warning to residents, Kanguatjivi said: “The message is that these things kill. Don’t touch them when you see them.”
Last month, Oshikoto residents Mirjam Shikalepo and her eight-year-old daughter Tresia Petrus died after a device they found in their Mahangu field detonated.
Two other people were injured.
On the fateful day, the 55-year-old mother had gone to harvest watermelons, when she discovered the device.