Thursday, 28 October 2010

Land Mines Are War Crimes: Just ask Joao Silva

Filed under: Disarmament,International Law: War,Media and Conflict,Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 13:55 PDT

The land mine that took Joao Silva’s feet worked perfectly.

Silva, a brilliant and courageous photojournalist on contract to the New York Times — and, in the eyes of many colleagues, one of the finest combat photographers of his generation — suffered grievous injuries Saturday after stepping on a mine while embedded with U.S. troops in southern Afghanistan… Silva didn’t die because he wasn’t supposed to. The weapon’s maker — given its location, probably an old Soviet arms manufacturer — had calculated the exact formula of explosives and shrapnel required to maim, shredding tissue and smashing bones, but not to kill.

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