People die in wars
84% of those who have died in wars
since 1945 have been civilians.
The average number killed per year
Children take part in wars
300,000 children are currently
carrying weapons in wars. Army leaders use children because they are
cheap, obedient and not afraid to kill.
Wars damage the environment
Agriculture, on which most of the
world’s poor depend, is disrupted and irrigation systems destroyed. Land
mines make land unusable long after the war is over.
Wars leave people disabled for life
For example, land mines can blow off
an arm or a leg, leaving the victim alive, but totally dependent on
family or government to stay alive.
Poor countries spend money on weapons
Rich countries who make weapons
encourage poorer countries to buy them.
For example, South Africa has
recently re-equipped its army at a cost of twice its housing budget and
ten times its AIDS budget
Human Rights are violated
Those who have guns get away with
breaking the law.
Governments at war deny human rights
to their citizens