Deadly landmines in Afghanistan

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The Independent Online

Afghanistan has more landmines than most countries in the world with approximately 656 square kilometres of land contaminated by potentially deadly mines and unexploded ordinance.

Life-saving de-mining work in Bagram district, north of Kabul, has cleared land formerly mined by the Soviets, labelled the ‘devil’s garden’, and abandoned by the Taliban in 2001.

With funding from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the HALO Trust has transformed the area to allow families to return and rebuild houses, schools and businesses.

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