Last year 777 Colombians were killed or wounded by landmines planted mostly by drug traffickers to protect cocoa fields used in the production of cocaine. Landmines are thought to exist in 31 of the 32 provinces in the country, giving it the number 2 spot for number of landmines after Afghanistan.
Just this weekend 11 people who were employed by the government to eradicate drug fields were injured when a land mine exploded in Cartagena del Chaira. This brings the total of people affected by landmines over the last decade to 8,329, accounting for 10 percent of all landmine injuries and death in the world.
Landmines have been found to be an easy and inexpensive method deployed by terrorist guerrillas in the drug trafficking business. The landmines are planted in and around cocoa fields and are typically homemade.