Afghanistan striving to be mine-free by 2023

De-mining expert detects anti-personnel land mine for clearance. UN Photo/Jawad Jalali

Although Afghanistan has been cleared of nearly 80 per cent of the landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) buried during conflicts, these weapons still pose serious threats to the lives of thousands of citizens.

That's according to Mohammad Wakil, officer-in-charge of the UN mine action programme which has been operating in the country for more than 25 years.

Last year, landmines and ERW killed 388 people, according to a report by the UN Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA).

However, Mr Akil said increased use of bombs known as pressure-plate improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, poses an even greater danger.

He talks to Rafiullah Alkozai about the need to continue mine-risk education so that the country can be mine-free by 2023.

Duration: 3’16″

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