Decades ago, millions of landmines were buried in countries around the globe, and today the world is in the throes of a deadly COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief said on Saturday, noting that in both situations, the most vulnerable remain at risk.
From Cambodia to Mozambique, in Angola and in Afghanistan, thousands of lives were lost, with others altered forever “because of one unlucky step”, he said.
Recalling the people living under the shadow of explosive ordnance, from Syria to Mali and elsewhere, the Secretary-General noted that today many are exposed and vulnerable to COVID-19, adding that “when the world emerges from today’s crisis, they will continue to need our support”.
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