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Weapon contamination

Weapon contamination - ref. V-F-CR-F-01072

Languages: English / French

Long after the last shot in a conflict is fired, unexploded and abandoned weapons continue to kill and maim. In the last decade alone, they took more than 17,000 lives and injured over 70,000. People can't work their land when explosive remnants of war threaten life and limb so that whole communities become paralysed by well justified fear. This film explores how the ICRC tackles weapon contamination, drawing on its water, food, shelter and health expertise. Since 2008, the ICRC has also deployed specialist clearance teams to get rid of weapon contamination once and for all.