Nearly 40 years of conflict have left Afghanistan with a deadly legacy of landmines and explosives that have killed and injured tens of thousands of people. Also because of the situation, Afghans are particularly vulnerable in times of disaster when floods or earthquakes strike. HALO's work plays a crucial role in stabilizing communities in Afghanistan by clearing explosives and responding in times of natural disaster.
Around 80% of the population lives in rural communities, dependent on agriculture & livestock. When land is known to be mined, families are threatened with poverty because they can't grow enough food or graze their animals safely. Additionally, chronic food insecurity, poverty, scarcity of safe water, and weakened access to infrastructure leave families particularly vulnerable in times of disaster like flooding and earthquakes.
HALO has operated in Afghanistan for over 30 years, destroying landmines and other explosives. This work saves lives and helps families safely access infrastructure such as roads and health clinics. Because of our extensive experience and logistical capacity in Afghanistan, we have also broadened our work to respond to natural disasters in the areas we work.
Our work also has a huge stabilizing affect on communities through employment and training. HALO's program in Afghanistan is completely Afghan led, with an ethnically diverse workforce of over 2,500 staff, recruited directly from towns and villages affected, who work every day to help their country. For many, it is the only steady employment they have known. We provide legitimate job opportunities, promoting peace and ensuring families can put food on the table.
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