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"Once demining is finished, no one will lose a leg when they go to work."

Mohamed, mine victim
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Afghanistan

Demining

In the Badakhshan Mountains, FSD deminers locate and destroy anti-personnel mines and explosive remnants of war dating from the Soviet occupation. Almost 3 million square meters of former battlefields and minefields have so far been secured. This involved the neutralization of more than 40,000 explosive devices.

Prevention of accidents

FSD teams travel to villages and pastures to teach families and herders how to react if they come across a mine or unexploded ordnance. More than 100,000 Afghans have thus been made aware, including many children, the most vulnerable to accidents.

Assistance to victims

This program's objective, launched in 2019, is to provide socio-economic assistance to people with disabilities following an accidental explosion. About 100 victims have already received aid from FSD or are under assessment.

Why Afghanistan?

Afghanistan is one of the countries most contaminated by mines and explosive remnants of war, the sad legacy of nearly four decades of armed conflict. The remote region of Badakhshan, in which FSD operates in the northeast of the country, represents 15% of the contaminated territory. Many accidents occur in this area, isolated from the rest of the country by a mountain range and where relief and international aid are challenging to access. Often involved: "butterfly" mines, those green plastic devices dropped by Soviet helicopters during clashes against the mujahedin in the 1980s. More than a million are believed to remain in the country.

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FSD employees and children in an EORE session in front of the mountains
FSD employees and children in an EORE session in front of the mountains

FSD in Afghanistan

In 2001, FSD participated in the demining of Kandahar province, in the south-east of the country, at the World Food Program and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.


About ten years later, the FSD took advantage of its presence in neighboring Tajikistan to begin decontamination of the Afghan border region, Badakhshan. This low and extreme weather area is cut off from the rest of Afghanistan by a mountain range. Therefore, the FSD's base is set up on the Tajik side, and deminers go to minefields across the border every day to secure the land, meter after meter. This operation and the mine risk awareness sessions for the population are being carried out with the support of the US State Department and the German foundation PATRIP.

In their meetings with local communities over the years, FSD teams have further realized that many landmine victims are in dire economic and social circumstances and receive no assistance. Following a call for private donations, an assistance program was put in place in 2019.

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So that she doesn't risk her life with every step.

“I was playing outside with some friends when one of them picked up a piece of metal lying on the floor. Suddenly there was an explosion. We all fell to the ground. I felt like I had been hit in the back. ” Sanita, 11 years old. 

Like Sanita, many children walk in areas contaminated with landmines and unexploded ordnance on a daily basis. Since 1997, FSD has worked tirelessly to locate and eliminate these dangerous legacies of war around the world, and to prevent accidents through awareness campaigns. FSD also remediates sites polluted by toxic waste, and supports peace and development in conflict-affected countries.

Together, we can act. Every donation, no matter how small, helps shape a safer future for those who have already suffered so much.

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