Civilians Face Heightened Danger From Colombia’s Landmines


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(Al Jazeera) Bogota, Colombia – Berna Nastacuas Pai held a dangerous job as a member of a patrol that guards his Indigenous Awa community in southern Colombia. His duty, to inspect the El Gran Sabalo Reservation for security breaches, exposed him to armed rebels and criminal gangs engaged in battles over drug routes.

Recently, he had reduced his rounds as the fighting escalated. But it was on a walk home after work in late January that the 30-year-old stepped on an improvised landmine buried beneath the forest floor. He died from his injuries as his wife and her 10-year-old brother carried him to a hospital…

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Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Last Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2023

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