Afghanistan Halo Trust Mine Clearance.
Tom Dibb is Halo Trust's Afghanistan Operations Manager. Afghanistan remains one of the most heavily mined countries in the world. A mine clearance team from the Halo Trust have been working for more than a year in the small village of Kohe Safi and have removed 800 mines and 118 unexploded bombs. Kohe Safi, Afghanistan on the 1st of November 2007..Throughout the country the Halo Trust alone is working to clear 90 million square meters of mine fields containing some 640,000 mines, they estimate it will take them 18 years to complete this task..A break through in mine detection not seen since World War II is due to speed things up in the coming year when Halo become the first civillian organisation to use H-STAMIDS (The Handheld Stand-Off Mine Detection System) a new combination tool with a metal detector and ground penetrating radar system. The H-STAMIDS remain classified and during recent trails in Afghanistan the device had to be returned to the US military at the end of each day. The new equipment should make mine clearance 2-3 times faster.
- Jason P. Howe 2007
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