landmineI came across a terribly sad story in my newspaper this week. In Africa, in Somalia, somewhere near the Ethiopan border, a family sat down for their meal this past weekend. The mother was preparing the meal. The father and their children, a baby and six siblings between the ages of three and eleven, were just sitting down when an explosion occurred. The parents and the baby survived, but the six other children were killed outright. What had happened? There was a conflict between Somalia and Ethiopia in the late 1970s. Lots of landmines were sown in the frontier area. One of these had escaped the sweepers and inadvertently the family had built their house over it. The movement of the children had set it off. How dreadful! I could not get this story out of my head all week.