Clearing Afghanistan's landmines one careful step at a time

For decades, Afghanistan’s Helmand province has been on the frontline of the country’s conflict, and the landscape bears the scars. Since the departure of US troops in the summer, the remnants of war remain a serious threat to Afghans’ safety. Since 1989, 41,085 Afghan civilians have been killed or injured by landmines and unexploded ordnance, according to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS). In an effort to prevent any further loss of life, demining NGO the HALO Trust is racing against time to "decontaminate" one of the most heavily mined countries in the world.

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