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In pictures: Afghan mine clearing

Afghan men use crutches and prosthetic legs

December 2007 marks 10 years since the Ottawa Convention banning anti-personnel mines. You may find the next photo disturbing.

A child who was seriously injured after handling an explosive device

This six-year-old boy was seriously injured after handling an explosive device he found near his home. He was treated at a hospital in Kandahar. He survived with his eyesight intact.

Detritus of war in Afghanistan

Thirty years of fighting have left a huge amount of war junk in Afghanistan. Under the convention, no new mines may be laid, stockpiles must be destroyed, and land has to be cleared.

Afghan mine clearer

An Afghan mine clearer. White stones mark areas that have been made safe at this site near Bagram airbase. It has taken 10 months to clear less than two square km of land.

A controlled explosion

Explosives are destroyed when they are found. On average 60 people are killed or maimed by such devices in Afghanistan each month. Source: UN Mine Action Centre for Afghanistan.

Afghan schoolboy with mine information sheet

This primary school class in the former frontline village of Dako is being taught about dangers of mines by the Afghan Red Crescent Society.

A box of matches bearing a mine-risk message

This matchbox carries a warning not to touch objects like those in the photos, in this case a landmine and a mortar.

Afghans attend an orthopaedic centre in Kabul

Afghans attend a free orthopaedic centre run by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Kabul. Nearly 80,000 disabled Afghans have received help from the ICRC.

Manufacturing a prosthetic leg

A technician manufactures an artificial leg at the orthopaedic centre in Kabul. The centre also provides walking aids, wheelchairs and physiotherapy.

An Afghan physiotherapist with a child patient

Rohafza, a physiotherapist who also lost a leg to a landmine, helps a child put on an orthotic device. All the centres' locally recruited staff are disabled. All photos by Marko Kokic/ICRC.





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