Casualties and Victim Assistance

Last updated: 26 December 2016

In the Republic of Ecuador in 2015, five military demining personnel were injured in an accident with a PMD-6 antipersonnel mine during clearance operations in the province of Morona Santiago, bordering Peru.[1]

Prior to the casualties in 2015, the last recorded incident was reported in 2004, when an antipersonnel mine incident caused seven casualties (two killed and five injured).[2]

Between 1999 and 2015, Landmine Monitor identified 18 mine/explosive remnants of war (ERW) casualties (five killed and 13 injured) in Ecuador.

While it operated, the Organization of American States (OAS) Program for Integrated Action against Antipersonnel Mines (Programa de Asistencia a la Acción Integral Contra las Minas Antipersonal, AICMA) database had information on 69 landmine casualties in Ecuador to the end of 2008, of which 19 were civilian and 50 were military.[3] Prior to mid-2001, there was no systematic data collection mechanism for mine incidents.[4] The total number of mine/ERW casualties in Ecuador is not known.

[1]Ecuador: 5 militares heridos por mina antipersonal en frontera con Perú” (“Ecuador: 5 soldiers wounded by landmine at the border with Peru”), Mundo, 9 December 2015. [Note, a correction was made on 30 November 2018, replacing the typo PMN with correct PMD to indicate mine type.]

[2] See, Landmine Monitor Report 2005, p. 329.

[3] Response to Landmine Monitor questionnaire by Sergio Ugarte Argüello, National Coordinator, OAS AICMA, 29 April 2009.

[4] Interview with Capt. Carlos Navarrete, Comando General de Desminado (CGD), and Col. Wilson Navas, Ministry of Defense, in Managua, 26 February 2009.