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Each and every day, 23 people are killed by landmines all over the world. That's almost one per hour — and half of those are children, according to The Guardian.

During times of war, landmines are deadly killers. After the war is over, landmines are left behind to kill people even when there's no more enemy. But thanks to the efforts of a brave group of women in Angola, landmines are less of a threat and the community is a safer place.

Between 1975 and 2002, Angola was engaged in a civil war following their independence from Portugal. During the war, many men in the region were killed, and now this group of women are the ones dealing with the aftermath. "People might say it is not work for women, but we can do what men can do, we just need to believe and be strong — this is what I am doing," Olimpia Nduva Chicoma Dala told Global Citizen.

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How a Troupe of Clowns is Educating Kids About Landmine Safety

Clowns Without Borders uses humor to teach Lebanese kids about the dangers of landmines.

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The 2006 Lebanese-Israeli war, as well as the 15 years of civil war that preceded it, perforated South Lebanon with an estimated four million cluster submunitions. The region is rife with landmines and unexploded ordnance, which frequently claim the lives or limbs of unsuspecting people. Clowns Without Borders, a non-profit organization that provides humor as therapy to children in conflict zones, partnered with MAG International and the Lebanese Mine Action Center to spread awareness about unexploded ordnance through clown performances. Throughout December, a Clowns Without Borders troupe toured Lebanese schools and villages and educated kids about mine safety.

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Why I Moved to Tanzania to Work with Rats

Training rats to detect landmines and tuberculosis? How could I turn down an opportunity to help develop this innovative solution to such immense worldwide problems?

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Training rats to detect landmines and tuberculosis? How could I turn down an opportunity to help develop this innovative solution to such immense worldwide problems?

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Landmine Flowers

Scientists in Denmark have developed a plant that turns red when it comes into contact with trace amounts of TNT. If sowed over an area...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPyTCwXJj1IScientists in Denmark have developed a plant that turns red when it comes into contact with trace amounts of TNT. If sowed over an area contaminated by landmines, these plants would form a botanical, color-coded map that would keep civilians out of harm's way.

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