UN through the lens: combating the scourge of landmines in Afghanistan

4 April 2011

Every month in Afghanistan, away from the headlines, an average of 40 people are killed or injured by landmines and explosive remnants of war. Large areas of potential farmland are kept out of bounds and economic development is being held back.

The UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) supported Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan (MACCA) coordinates all work carried out by implementing partners of the Mine Action Programme. UNMAS also funds these implementing partners to remove mines, support victims and conduct mine risk education about the dangers posed by these weapons. The Mine Ban Treaty's goal is to have all landmines in Afghanistan removed by 2013.

The renowned photographer Marco Grob travelled to Afghanistan in February to document survivors of mines and the work of MACCA and UNMAS. He visited a minefield, witnessed clearance activities, met with survivors and toured a school where students are taught about mines.

Mr. Grob’s images are being released today as the UN marks the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. He spoke with the UN News Centre about his impressions from his trip.

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