Ahmad Shah, a local resident of Godar, leads a visitor around his village, pointing out patches of land where minefields once existed. Godar is located in an area of Parwan province that suffered heavy fighting between the Taliban and the Northern Alliance in 1999. The clashes left lands contaminated with anti-personnel and anti-tank mines as well as unexploded ordinance (UXO), seriously hampering economic and agricultural activities. Continue reading
The newly-appointed United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) Programme Unit Chief, Paul Heslop, visited the Mine Action Coordination Center of Afghanistan (MACCA) for four days in November to reaffirm UNMAS’ commitment to the project and witness activities first-hand. Continue reading
In 1984, Ahangaran and Gamandy villages of Salang district became contaminated with anti-personnel mines, which killed and maimed scores of people in the area. Villagers still remember the deaths of a 35 year old man and an elderly woman, and a serious injury suffered by a 30 year old man.
After Russian forces pulled out from Afghanistan, demining NGOs began work all over Afghanistan to clear areas from the threat of mines. Continue reading
“The presence of mines and explosive remnants of war created many problems for us during the past decades civil war. At that time we were not able to graze our animals and collect firewood from the nearby hills and mountains,” said Najibullah, resident of Sare – Tunnel village of Khinjan district, Baghlan province.
The main income for the area comes from animal husbandry and collecting firewood, so mine clearance helps villagers earn a higher income and lead safer lives. Continue reading
“One of the ways to strengthen our economy is to graze our animals, collect dairy from them and sell it to local markets, but only if that village has been cleared from mines and unexploded ordnance.”
Shir Agha, resident of Doshakh village
The primary source of income for Doshakh village is animal husbandry and the collection of firewood and bushes to sell and use in daily life. The village and surrounding areas, including grazing land, were contaminated with mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) during the Soviet occupation.