Landmine Kills 10 Girls in Afghanistan
Girls were out collecting firewood
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2012 1:46 AM CST
Local Afghans hired by the Canadian military search for landmines in Spin Boldak, Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/CP, Ryan Remiorz)

(Newser) – Ten young girls have been killed and two others were injured in a landmine explosion in eastern Afghanistan. The local governor says the girls, aged between nine and 11, were killed when one of them hit the mine with an axe as they were out collecting firewood, the BBC reports. Afghanistan is one of the world's most heavily mined countries and dozens of Afghans are killed by mines every year, some of which date as far back as the Soviet occupation.

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Dec 17, 2012 6:07 AM CST
I have a question. Is it possible that boys are killed all the time in Afghanistan by landmines, but America reports (and is disturbed) only when it is girls who are killed? I remember an incident a few years ago when a woman convicted of adultery was supposed to be executed. American newspapers were up in arms about the inhumanity of this. Few of them bothered to mention that the man involved in the affair had already been executed. The lives of both genders matter. Muslim nations often forget that women and girls matter. America often forgets that men and boys matter.
Dec 17, 2012 5:12 AM CST
land minds----brought to you by russia and the U S A
Dec 17, 2012 4:13 AM CST
More innocent children killed every day. I've said it before, but the world is just a terrible place. If you need me, I'll be in the fetal position, feeling guilty for being alive.