Landmines in Taiz and Hodeidah governorates
Yemen, Mawza, 13 December 2018 – H was injured 8 months ago by a landmine in a field near Mawza, while he was going to visit his father to give him fuel. He was transferred directly to Aden: at that time, no health facility was providing surgical care in the area. Mawza is located in Taiz governorate, a 45 minutes-drive to the east of Mocha city. This is a very poor and rural area, people are depending on their land to eat and to earn money. The area was taken over from Ansar Allah’s control by forces loyal to President Hadi, supported by the Saudi and Emirati-led coalition, in the beginning of 2018. Fighting damaged the fields and thus, the livelihood of the 13,000 inhabitants of Mawza. While military troops were withdrawing, thousands of landmines and improvised explosive devices (IED) were planted in the area. Between August and December, MSF teams in Mocha received around 150 people injured by landmines or IED, mainly children playing in the fields.