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Abstract

The 20 years of war in Afghanistan, beside other legacies, has left over 850 square kilometers of land and approximately 1,500 villages contaminated with landmines. Although official figures are not available, it is estimated that more than 400,000 people have either been killed or maimed by these perilous weapons. The majority of the over 400,000 victims are civilians, many of whom are women and children. Despite these facts, no proper and reliable data on the landmine victims in Afghanistan has yet been collected by any agency or organization. The Mine Clearance Planning Agency (MCPA), with its mandate to conduct landmine-related surveys in Afghanistan and to collect information on landmines and their impact, has collected information on a limited number of landmine victims. Due to financial limitations, this process has been confined to the areas of MCPA's operations only. However, this process can be expanded to collecting information at a country-level if sufficient funding is made available.

 

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