Central America Is Mine-Free
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.