More than 100,000 people died and were injured by landmines and bombs after the war

On December 8, in Ho Chi Minh City, the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs organized a workshop to share international experiences on strengthening support for landmine victims in 2023.

This is an activity within the framework of the Work Program for the period 2010-2025 of the National Steering Committee to overcome the consequences of landmines and bombs after the war in Vietnam.

More than 100,000 people died and were injured by landmines and bombs after the war

Participating in the conference were Ms. Ha Thi Minh Duc, Deputy Director of the Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs; Mr. Tran Huu Thanh, Head of Foreign Affairs, Vietnam National Mine Action Center (VNMAC); Representatives of the Departments of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, Red Cross Association, Disabled People Association, Agent Orange Victims Association… in the Central and Southern regions.

In her opening speech at the conference, Ms. Ha Thi Minh Duc said: “Currently Viet Nam Vietnam has over 7 million people with disabilities, including millions of people who are victims of mines and toxic chemicals exposed to dioxin. The remaining mines and mines have killed more than 40,000 people, and 60,000 people were injured, of which the majority were injured. adults are the main workers in the family and children.”

According to Mr. Tran Huu Thanh’s survey results from the Ministry of National Defense show that Vietnam has 9,116 communes out of 11,134 communes in 63 provinces and cities across the country that are still contaminated with mines and explosives. The contaminated area is about 56 million hectares with about 600,000-800,000 tons of bombs and mines left over from the war.

Left over mines and bombs cause many accidents that cause permanent injuries to people. People when they go searching for scrap, farming on land with mines and mines, even children accidentally picking up mines and causing explosions…

Since 2010, Vietnam has implemented the National Action Program to overcome post-war bomb and mine consequences for the period up to 2025 and achieved many positive results. During the period 2010-2015, Vietnam cleared 300,000 hectares of land. From 2015 to present, each year an additional 50,000 hectares have been cleared.

According to Ms. Ha Thi Minh Duc, along with prioritizing the clearance of residual mines and bombs, Vietnam has been implementing many social support policy for landmine victims. Support from the State has partly met the needs of victims, helping them integrate into the community and participate in learning, labor and economic activities.

However, despite great efforts, Vietnam still faces many challenges. awareness of resources, access to equipment for disabled people and mine victims and improve their living conditions.

Ms. Minh Duc said that the problem is how to use it. best available resources to effectively help the right people. At the same time, how to strengthen cooperation activities in a sustainable and effective way to promote the rights of people with disabilities in general and mine victims in particular.

Commenting at the workshop, Mr. Doan Huu Minh, program officer of UNDP in Vietnam, emphasized the importance of perfecting the mine victim database system on nationwide. From there, the state can grasp the needs of each person to provide appropriate and timely support according to the social work practice model.

After the process of supporting landmine victims According to the social work practice model, assess needs and have appropriate support solutions for each case. The Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs of Binh Dinh province commented that this is a very effective method and should continue to be maintained.

Quang Binh is a locality that received funding from KOICA Organization to implement a livelihood support model for landmine victims, resulting in support for 210 households. However, the locality still has many victims who have not received support. The representative of the Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs of Quang Binh asked KOICA to continue paying attention to supporting the livelihoods of landmine victims who have not received support this time.