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HALO Trust sign warning of landmine clearance in Herat, Afghanistan

Afghanistan faces a massive challenge. It is one of the most heavily mined countries in the world. Approximately 656 square kilometres of land are contaminated by potentially deadly mines and unexploded ordinance (UXO).


UKaid from the Department for International Development, is helping the HALO Trust transform parts of rural Afghanistan, allowing thousands of families to return and rebuild houses, schools and businesses.


HALO is two years into a five-year, £11 million project to clear mines from the western province of Herat and is making good progress in its aim to clear 160 million square metres of land by 2013.


To find out more, see our film about HALO's work at www.dfid,


Image © Travis Beard / Development Pictures / Department for International Development


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Taken on November 17, 2009