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A UN report released this week says that Burma has one of the world’s highest casualty rates from landmines. The region bordering Thailand, which has hosted one of the world’s longest-running civil wars, is littered with the pernicious weapon, and each year dozens of ethnic Karen are forced to cross into Thailand to seek treatment at the Mao Tao clinic in Mae Sot.
The International Campaign to Ban Landmines says that Burma is one of only four governments, along with Israel, Libya and Syria, that continue to lay mines. Global use of the weapon in 2011 has been the highest for seven years.