12 April 2017

News Story: Afghan Demining Program Under Threat Over Budget Deficit

By Gulabudin Ghubar

Wais Ahmad Barmak, Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, on Monday said that the demining program in Afghanistan is under threat following the drop in financial aid for the program by international donors.

He said that at least 5,000 employees from the demining program have lost their jobs due to the budget deficit.

According to Barmak, about one thousand square kilometers of land in Afghanistan still has landmines which poses serious threats to the safety of the civilians.

International statistics on causalities from mines for 2016 reveals that on average 142 Afghans were either killed or wounded in the country on a monthly basis.

He said that landmines claim victims in at least seventeen provinces.

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