Because landmines are a secretive weapon, it is not surprising that the statistics on landmine production, usage, and infestation are poorly constrained, and somewhat controversial. Our team of Franklin and Marshall College students have combed the literature and the web in an attempt to compile not just meaningful numbers, but numbers depicting the (sometimes wild) range of estimates for various parameters. Our conclusion is that the numbers are generally suspect, and possibly irrelevant. They generally show that the landmine problem is worst in areas that can least afford the clean-up, the victims continue to be predominantly non-combatants engaged in subsistence activities, and while casualties rates have dropped dramatically, they seem to be approaching stable minimum (but still unacceptable) level in many parts of the world. Below are graphs of some example parameters depicting the global landmine problem.
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