Afghanistan: 1.500 Menschen in einer Provinz durch Landminen getötet oder verletzt


Laut einer Studie des Minenräumprogramms in Afghanistan sind in den vergangenen zehn Jahren 1.500 Menschen durch Landminen und nicht-explodierte Munition in der Provinz Badakhshan getötet oder verletzt worden. (in Englisch)


Minengefahrenaufklärung in Afghanistan. (c) medico international

(05.07.2013)

Over 10 Years, 1,500 People Killed or Injured by Landmines and ERW in Badakhshan

In a recent study conducted by a group of demining experts working in Afghanistan, it was discovered that in the past ten years, more than 1,500 people died or were injured as a result of landmines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) in the Badakhshan province.

Sayed Aqa Atiq, the Mine Action Program of Afghanistan (MAPA) Area Manager in north-eastern Afghanistan, said that nearly every day several civilians and security officials are killed in such explosions. Looking ahead, however, he and his coworkers expressed hope in Afghanistan being cleared of mines and ERW in the next ten years.

The 1,500 figure was concluded by demining officials following their clearance of ten districts in northeastern Badakhshan province. The officials said that the districts they cleared are now experiencing a sudden surge in the number of residents settling there. They attributed this phenomenon to people's growing confidence in the safety of the area.

"Earlier, this area was considered very dangerous. We could not roam about freely in any of the districts. Now things have changed completely, we feel safe," a local resident told TOLOnews.

"Baharak, Jurm, Khash, Kishim, Shuhada, Shahri Buzurg, Tishkan, Yaftali Sufla, Yamgan presently are some of the districts that have been cleared of landmines and ERW," said Mohammad Shafiq Yousofi, President of the Coherence Mine Cleansing Group.

Meanwhile, Shah Waliullah Adeeb, the Badakhshan Provincial Governor, stressed that soon development projects will begin in the districts that have been cleansed. "We are happy to see that ten districts of Badakhshan province are complete. Soon we will start our development projects in these areas," said Adeeb.

The MAPA pointed out that they have implemented 75% of their cleansing programme and only 25% remains.

This past week, the Japanese government announced its funding of one million USD to assist the efforts of the British demining company HALO Trust to cleanse the Kabul, Baghlan, and Takhar provinces of landmines.

Source: Tolo News

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