Introduction. The Colombian Victims of Antipersonnel Mines Injuries registry was launched by the Colombian government with the objective of collecting information on all the cases of injuries caused by antipersonnel landmines in the country. The purpose of this study was to investigate the mortality disparities among ethnic minority victims of antipersonnel landmine injuries. Methods. A multivariate logistic regression was performed to examine the association between ethnic minorities and mortality in people injured by antipersonnel mines. Results. A total of 10,306 cases of injuries caused by antipersonnel landmines were registered, of which 430 were people belonging to minority ethnic groups (indigenous or Afro-descendant). Of these, 85 (19.7%) were women and 156 (36.2%) were under 18 years of age. Almost all people from ethnic minority groups were located in rural areas (n=427, 99.3%) and mortality was significantly higher compared to the mestizo population (mestizo 18.5% vs. individuals from ethnic minorities 29, 3%; p <0.001). After adjusting for sex, age group, active duty soldier status, rural area, and case volume for each geographic department, we found that ethnic minorities were more likely to die after suffering an antipersonnel mine injury (OR = 2.03; 95% CI 1.61-2.56; p <0.001). Discussion. We found an association between belonging to an ethnic minority and a higher probability of mortality with injuries caused by antipersonnel mines. These findings should encourage legislators in rural Colombia to work more diligently to reduce the harmful consequences of injuries caused by these devices in ethnic minority groups.
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