The HALO Trust

The HALO Trust clears landmines and unexploded ordnance from war-torn communities so that some of the world's most vulnerable people can plant their crops, rebuild their homes and raise their families in safety. HALO is the world's oldest and largest humanitarian landmine clearance organization. Our mission, "Getting mines out of the ground, now," has guided our humanitarian operations around the globe since 1988. We foster local management, providing employment in areas with little opportunity.
Oct 15, 2014

Thank you for turning minefields into farmland.

Farmer ploughs cleared ground for the first time.
Farmer ploughs cleared ground for the first time.

In Banteay Ti Muoy, and the many other mine-impacted villages in Northwest Cambodia, not only are we saving lives but we are clearing minefields for families desperate for additional farmland.

In the village of Banteay Ti Muoy we currently have two teams working to clear one minefield that the local authorities prioritized to provide safe agriculture land for four families. In addition, the clearance will indirectly benefit 413 families who often transit through this area to access their rice paddies nearby. 

In another vulnerable, rural community, Thlok village, in Northwest Cambodia, Mr. Sok lives with his wife, their three children and one grandchild. They moved up north in 2006 as they heard there was free land available. They did not know that the land would be mined.

On their small piece of land they grew cassava and some other vegetables but the safe area was too small to grow enough to feed their family. Once his daughter and her husband realized they had walked into the minefield and had to call for help to come and guide them safely away from the area. Very luckily they both managed to escape without causing any mines to detonate.

Now that the family's land has been cleared by HALO, Mr. Sok has extended his cassava cultivation. They can plough their land safely and produce enough crops to sell in order to support the family. 

Thank you for helping to make this possible. Together we can make landmines history. 

Sok
Sok's grandchild plays amongst the new cassava.
Jul 17, 2014

Make Landmines History

Cambodian amputee harvesting his rice crop
Cambodian amputee harvesting his rice crop

“My life has changed a lot since the HALO Trust came to clear mines. I am very happy.” Mr. Sena.

In northwest Cambodia, Sena, his wife and their five year old son lived surrounded by landmines for years. Unable to farm their land because of the mines, Sena cut trees in the forest on the border of Thailand to try and earn a living. This is a notoriously dangerous occupation as there is still a high concentration of mines in the border area. Generous donor funding allowed HALO to clear the family’s land and, once the area was safe, a local NGO began to train the community in agricultural skills. Sena learned how to look after chickens and has planted a vegetable garden on the cleared ground. Mineclearance saves lives and returns livelihoods. 

Last month the Third Review Conference on the Mine Ban Treaty was held in Mozambique. Over 1,000 representatives of States and international NGOs met to discuss the global effort to end the suffering caused by landmines. HALO appealed to the delegates to aspire to make landmines history by 2025. It’s a global problem we know how to solve. In Cambodia, if we can keep our efforts focused we can get it done. In the first half of 2014, HALO Cambodia has made safe more than 170 minefields, finding and destroying over 1,825 landmines and 3,000 other explosive items.

Thank you for being a part of the global effort to make landmines history.

HALO deminer, yellow sticks mark each mine found
HALO deminer, yellow sticks mark each mine found
Children get water from a well on cleared ground.
Children get water from a well on cleared ground.
Apr 25, 2014

Landmine casualties in Cambodia up 90% in Jan-Feb

Mine victim in Battambang Province, Cambodia.
Mine victim in Battambang Province, Cambodia.

According to a report released by the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority, casualties from landmines and unexploded ordnance have remarkably increased in the first two months of this year. The country reported 40 casualties, 6 people killed and 34 injured, during the January-February period. This is up 90% from 21 casualties, 2 people killed and 19 injured, over the same period last year. Last Friday, two men were seriously injured in Battambang Province when an anti-tank mine exploded while they were plowing their farm.

This is why your support is so important. Cambodia has made substantial progress in clearing high priority minefields, destroying large quantities of landmines and ERW, and, most importantly reducing the number of casualties from a peak of over 4,000 in 1996. However anti-tank mine accidents, often causing multiple victims and fatalities, are increasing and demining rates remain outpaced by the strong demand for land

Mrs. Heam Chantol (33 years old) is a mother of two children and small farmer. A few years ago, her brother-in-law visited her home and during his visit he stepped on a mine resulting in the amputation of his foot. In order to support her family, Mrs. Heam Chanthol continued to farm her land until one day she too stepped on a mine. She was incredibly fortunate that, due to degradation, the mine did not function as designed and only smoke was released. After that she was too afraid to continue farming her land and had to look elsewhere to make ends meet. 

With support from our donors, HALO cleared the land and now Mrs. Heam Chantol is able to cultivate her crops safely to feed her family. The photo of her here shows multiple yellow sticks indicating where mines were found and destroyed by HALO within close proximity to her home. Together we can make landmines history, not some innocent person's future. 

Mrs. Heam Chantol can now farm on safe ground.
Mrs. Heam Chantol can now farm on safe ground.

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