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  • Afghanistan Marks International Mine Awareness Day 2015

    April 15, 2015

    Afghanistan

    (April 2015) To raise awareness about landmines and progress toward their eradication, Afghans and their international...

    Afghanistan Marks International Mine Awareness Day 2015

    Afghanistan

    (April 2015) To raise awareness about landmines and progress toward their eradication, Afghans and their international partners marked Mine Awareness Day at a United Nations-backed event in which speeches were delivered and demonstrations given on demining procedures. The theme for this year’s day, “More than Mines,” is designed to raise awareness about the reality faced by civilians, humanitarians, peacekeepers and development agencies in war-zones and countries recovering from conflict. When explosive hazards block the way, food is not delivered; refugees and internally displaced people cannot safely return home; children cannot go to school; and development and peacebuilding efforts are hindered.

    Photos: Fardin Waezi/UNAMA

  • Marco Grob: Combating the Scourge of Landmines in Afghanistan

    May 9, 2013

    Afghanistan

    More than one million people in Afghanistan are affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war. Over forty people...

    Marco Grob: Combating the Scourge of Landmines in Afghanistan

    Afghanistan

    More than one million people in Afghanistan are affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war. Over forty people are killed or injured every month. In February 2011, TIME photographer Marco Grob went to Afghanistan to support the work of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS). To bring attention to the problems — farmers are unable to plant in contaminated fields; women are unable to access water because surrounding areas are mined; citizens can’t rebuild on land because of the danger of explosion — UNMAS approached TIME’s Marco Grob, known best for his portraiture work, to photograph the impact of landmines and explosive remnants of war on Afghans.Improvising a studio on a former battlefield near one of the country’s most densely contaminated minefields, Grob and his team found the snow and wind a challenge — forcing them to enlist the aid of one of the UN mine clearers, who held a reflector over subjects’ heads to keep the snow off them. When approaching each subject, Grob says, he didn’t want to showcase their injuries. “I choose to concentrate on their faces and the textures of Afghanistan.”Grob, a former soldier in the Swiss army who was trained in laying mines, says his work is far from over. Funding — which is used to train and employ 15,000 men across Afghanistan, providing livelihoods while cleaning up communities — is the only obstacle to ridding Afghanistan of mines. With donations, Afghanistan could be cleared of mines in years instead of decades. “I hope my work helps to raise awareness,” says Grob, “and will help keep the required money flowing.”Photos by Marco GrobWatch the video "UN through the Lens: Combating the Scourge of Landmines in Afghanistan" http://bit.ly/nXAU43 

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