Antipersonnel landmines are explosives designed to detonate with a person’s presence, proximity, or contact. Underground, they can take decades to explode, without distinguishing whether the one who has approached is a soldier or a civilian.
In 1997, five years after the International Campaign to Ban Antipersonnel Mines was created, the Mine Ban Treaty was passed. But there are still 61 countries and areas worldwide polluted by landmines. In addition, 33 countries have not signed the Treaty, despite fulfilling its key points.