Funding Shortages Impact Demining Efforts in Afghanistan Amid Rising Casualties


In Afghanistan, a country deeply scarred by decades of conflict, demining groups are facing significant funding shortfalls, impacting their ability to clear the land of mines and unexploded ordnance. This situation puts nearly 4 million people at risk, with children being particularly vulnerable. The United Nations reports that from January to April 2023 alone, nearly 900 people were killed or wounded by these remnants of war. The Halo Trust, a British organization, is at the forefront of efforts to eradicate mines and educate Afghan communities about the dangers. However, the reduction in global funding and the complexities of working under the internationally unrecognized Taliban government are major obstacles to their mission.
  • Afghanistan is one of the countries most affected by leftover landmines and munitions, exposing nearly 4 million people to danger.
  • From January to April 2023, nearly 900 people were killed or wounded by leftover munitions, many of them children.
  • The Halo Trust organization is actively working to remove landmines and educate communities on mine awareness.
  • Funding shortfalls due to global conflicts and the lack of international recognition of the Taliban government are impeding demining efforts.
  • Landmines and unexploded ordnance in Afghanistan originate from various conflicts, including the Soviet invasion and NATO’s war against the Taliban.
  • Education on mine awareness is a critical component of the Halo Trust’s work, aiming to reduce deaths and injuries from unexploded devices.
  • International donors are encouraged to continue supporting Afghanistan’s demining efforts despite the emergence of other global conflicts.

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