Indeed. According to Landmine Monitor, International Campaign to Ban Landmines’ research arm, more than 2,000 people were killed and more than 8,000 injured by land mines in 2016, the most recent year for which they have data. According to the New York Times, the totals essentially doubled in just two years thanks to conflicts in places such as Afghanistan, Ukraine and Yemen with nearly 80 percent of the victims being civilians and 42 percent of the civilians being children. Land mines are small, usually round devices designed to injure or kill people by an explosive blast or flying fragments, according to the Marshall Legacy Institute. And most are made of plastic — with about the same amount of metal as the spring in a ballpoint pen — which makes metal detectors almost useless.