Central America Is Mine-Free
By Dialogo July 01, 2010
Antipersonnel mines are a thing of the past in Central America as Nicaragua
became the last country in the region to complete a de-mining process 20 years in
the making. At the start of the program in 1990, half a million Nicaraguans were
registered as living near a minefield, according to the Organization of American
States, a partner in the project.
Mines caused countless civilian casualties in one of the hemisphere’s poorest
countries. In June 2010, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega presided over a ceremony
with the Nicaraguan Army, pictured, to cap off the $81 million effort that drew on
the expertise and resources of more than a dozen countries in North and South
America and across Europe.