Explosive weapons: The horrific impact on civilians

The use of explosive weapons in populated areas is tragically commonplace in modern day conflicts such as Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan. A shocking 92% of the casualties are civilians. Here are just some of the ways that bombing impacts civilians.

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Abdel Rahman, 12, had his leg amputated after a shell exploded on his house. He is receiving care from an HI physiotherapist.
Abdel Rahman, 12, had his leg amputated after a shell exploded on his house. He is receiving care from an HI physiotherapist.
Abdel Rahman, 12, had his leg amputated after a shell exploded on his house. He is receiving care from an HI physiotherapist.

The use of explosive weapons in populated areas has a devastating impact on civilians:

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Bombing kills people and causes serious injuries, resulting in long-term suffering.
In 2016, over 45,000 people were killed or injured by explosive weapons. 
The number of civilians killed has nearly doubled since 2011.
 

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Bombing causes severe psychological trauma.

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Bombing forces people to flee their homes.

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Bombing destroys vital infrastructure like homes, schools, hospitals, and roads, preventing every aspect of social and economic life.

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Bombing pollutes entire areas with explosive remnants of war, making it dangerous for people to return home once a conflict has ended.

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