Nagorno Karabakh has had one of the highest per capita incidences of landmine and unexploded ordnance accidents in the world. Additionally, the Karabakhi people are financially threatened as minefields hinder agricultural and family businesses. This project will fund fund a team of 8 deminers for two months in Nagorno Karabakh. Your donations will clear landmines and help fund the salaries of our deminers, supporting local families in the territory.
The people of Nagorno Karabakh have been haunted by landmines for more than two decades following mine-laying during the Nagorno-Karabakh war. Even though a ceasefire was issued in 1994, communities still struggle with the fear of landmines today - and a quarter of mine and UXO victims are children. In addition, minefields hinder agricultural and family businesses, making families living near minefields some of the poorest and most food insecure in the world.
The HALO Trust has been working in Nagorno Karabakh for 19 years but there is still much work to be done. This project will help HALO continue to clear landmines in this territory with the help of the local community by employing and training local men and women to locate and destroy landmines and other dangerous explosives left after the war. This also supports the community by providing jobs for local families.
A landmine cleared is gone forever and the cleared land can be safely used in perpetuity. Mine clearance in Karabakh not only greatly decreases the casualty rate but it also allows roads, schools and housing to be built, water pipes to be laid, fields to be cultivated, livestock to be safely grazed and people to go about their daily business without fear.
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