One man went…..

When I was at Sandhurst in 1999, during a brief on mines, we were told that there were two landmines in the ground for every person on the planet.

Clearly, these are not evenly distributed, and there are some countries such as Cambodia where the number of victims of landmines run to around 40,000 from a population of 15 million, a legacy of decades of wars. Landmines hurt in more ways than these individual tragedies; vast tracts of agricultural land are rendered useless, leading to malnutrition, lowered immune systems and the subsequent spread of disease.

One man went….

One man went to mine,
Went to mine a meadow,
And the meadow was filled with green lush grass
And a house with a dog
And a family
In the meadow that the man mined

Ten men marched across,
Marched across that meadow,
And one blew up ‘cos he stepped on a mine
And it took off his foot but the others were fine
And the guns opened up and the family died
In the meadow that the man mined

And now there’s no meadow
In the meadow that the man mined,
And no travelers walk
And no people talk
And no crop is raised
And no animals graze
In the meadow that the man mined.

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