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NATO uses comics to teach kids about landmine danger

superman November 8, 1996
Web posted at: 11:50 p.m. (0450 GMT)

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (CNN) -- Superman flew into Bosnia on Friday in a new comic book designed to warn Bosnian children about the dangers of land mines. The book tells the story of a refugee girl caught in a minefield somewhere in Bosnia, who is eventually saved by Superman.

Some 165,000 of the books in three different languages will be distributed to schools, hospitals, orphanages and refugee centers throughout the country. The U.S. government funded its publication.

Fighting ended a year ago in Bosnia, but Serb, Muslim and Croat armies have not yet even started to find and remove the estimated three million mines left over from four years of war, as they had pledged to under the Dayton peace accord. Until the mines are removed, NATO and UNICEF want children to be aware of the danger they pose.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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