| Coffee Casualties:
Landmines in Coffeelands
James Hayes-Bohanan , Ph.D.
Coffee Maven and Geographer
Bridgewater State University
UPDATED November 6, 2010
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|I had led two study tours to
Nicaragua -- during which we discussed the
revolutionary and post-revolutionary history that took place in its
coffeelands -- before I recognized the importance of landmines. Since
then, I have learned that almost 200,000 landmines have been removed
from Nicaragua, but not before more than 1,000 of its people were
killed. Since I was made aware of the special problems of landmines in
coffee-growing communities throughout the world by the Coffeeland
Landmine Victims Trust, this has become a growing part of my work.
The Coffeeland Landmine Victims Trust was established by the Polus Center for Social and Economic Development, which works throughout the world to help people with physical disabilities to develop their own capacity for rehabilitation. Its executive director, Michael Lundquist, is a graduate of Bridgewater State University and a friend to our current students. He has helped me to make direct connections between my students and the community of landmine victims that are undertaking their own community development in Nicaragua.