Afghanistan remains one of the most densely mine and explosive remnants of war affected countries in the world.
Irish Aid has provided funding of over €9 million to HALO Trust's demining programme in Afghanistan uin the 2006-2016 period.
Hundreds of communities, lived in by more than 1 milion Afghans, exist within 500 metres of these hazards.
The human cost is high with an average of 40 Afghans killed or injured every month.
Through HALO Trust, we are working with the Afghan government's Department of Mine Clearance and the UN's Mine Action Coordination Centre to save lives, prevent injury and increase the availablility of safe land through through clearing landlines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) from contaminated land.
It is expected that 109 hectares of mine contaminated ground will be cleared with Irish Aid funding from November 2016 to October 2017 and that mine risk education will be conducted with 720 people in mine affected communities over this period.
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Nesar, Irakli Village, Samangan Province
I've lived here all my life, through the troubles and civil war. I live with my five children - one is a tiny baby - and my wife. We have sheep and goats, and I drive a taxi as well to support us all. Before the mines were cleared, we had a lot of problems: our children couldn't go to the mined area to graze the animals and we worried about them all the time. A few years ago I heard an explosion and I went out of my house to see what happened - a shepherd had trodden on a mine and lost his leg. We were always telling our children not to go to this area and not to pick things up off the ground. Since the land was cleared, we are very happy. The villagers are using the land for grazing and collecting firewood and they can cross the land to reach their homes and people are building houses in areas where the mines have been taken away. We feel very confident that the land is safe, but now out biggest problem is that we don't have a well to get safe water for drinking. God willing, we will be able to build one soon. My other hope for the future is that my children will be able to graduate from school and after that from university."
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