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2014 a deadly year for UN-backed demining project

2014 a deadly year for UN-backed demining project

Jan 16, 2015 - 17:35

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The UN-backed Mine Action Programme in Afghanistaninfo-icon (MAPA) has said it lost 34 personnel in different security incidents across the country in 2014

Another 27 workers suffered injuries, with one attack on a de-mining project near the copper mine in Logar province in June and a second in Helmand in December accounting for 19 of the deaths and nine injuries.

A statement from the Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan (MACCA) said: “The total of 34 de-miners killed in 2014 is almost equal to the total number over the previous four years combined.”

MAPA said it was involved in clearing explosive hazards but only in cases where fighting in an area had ended and internally-displaced people had returned to their homes and requested the clearing of lands.

 “The preservation of MAPA’s neutrality is the key to its continued services to communities in Afghanistan,” said the statement, stressing that support from the people was paramount to its success.

MAPA comprises 50 national and international partners from commercial and non-profit spheres, with a 26 year history of cooperation that has seen over 23,000 hazardous areas cleared and a resulting decline in civilian casualties by almost 80 per cent.



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