Mechanical Demining

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  • On 1st September 1990, ATC deployed two Mechanical Flail machines in the Urgoon district of Paktika province and continued to work in different parts of the country until early 1996. However, their activity halted in 1996 after an evaluation carried out in late 1995, which showed that it was not cost-effective.
  • A Mechanical Excavation Team (MET) using Backhoe Machine started operation on 20 May 1997 in residential areas of Kabul City. This involves excavating soil from residential areas and canals in minefields, which was a high-risk activity for manual deminers.  This method of demining has proved to be very effective to reduce casualties and build-up areas.

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The term “mine risk education” (MRE) refers to “activities which
seek to reduce the risk of injury from mines and explosive remnants of war (ERWs) by raising awareness and promoting behavioral change, including public information dissemination, education and training.” Mine Risk Education (MRE) is one of the vital components of the Mine Action toolbox, used by the United Nations Mine Action Center for Afghanistan (UNMACA) to diminish Mine/UXO accidents and casualties. Continue reading RISK EDUCATION