UAE project helps clear Afghan mines
Lenoir City, Tennessee, January 23, 2014
More than 11,000 explosive devices were located and destroyed in a UAE-based humanitarian project to end mine threats to civilians in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province.
The two-year, $25 million Emirates Mine Clearance Project Afghanistan (EMCPA), a community-based effort funded by the UAE, was administered by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).
About $23 million of the fund went toward the Kandahar Province demining programme, while the remaining $2 million was allocated to the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Mine Action.
Through the trust fund, the UAE will support the work conducted by the Mine Action Coordination Center of Afghanistan (MACCA), a project of UNMAS.
Kandahar's economy is primarily agriculture-based, but the land is also heavily mine-contaminated, with UNMAS estimating that nearly 26,000 residents live within 500 m of a minefield, said a statement.
The site work was carried out by Sterling Global Operations (SGO), an international stability operations firm. It employed more than 1,600 Afghans to make more than 38 million sq m of land available for productive use.
The project removed explosive threats affecting more than 100 Afghan communities.
Alan Weakley, SGO president and chief operating officer, said: "Our partnership with the UN and the Government of the UAE contributed to over 38 million sq m of land being returned to productive use by the citizens of Kandahar Province."
Under SGO's Community-Based Demining (CBD) programme, technical advisors worked within communities to select, train and supervise Afghans who completed a demining course that allowed them to meet international deminer standards.
More than 4,000 houses for formerly displaced persons, a health clinic and a school is set to be constructed in two Afghan villages, Demarcy and Salihan in the Panjwayw district, which have been demined. - TradeArabia News Service
More Miscellaneous Stories
- Equity firm buys into Algerian Pepsi bottler
- Mother recounts vice den ordeal in Bahrain
- More companies 'getting into CSR activities'
- Middle East grain import bills could rise
- New Emirati themed restaurant opens
- 4 UAE companies in race for agri innovation awards
- Stage set for Bahrain Animal Production Show
- Amphibious boats make global debut in Dubai
- Dubai chamber F&B group sets roadmap for 2014
- Feminisation drive costs $213m to Saudi firms
- US interiors firm opens MEA base in Dubai
- Saudi 'spends $1.6bn on energy drinks'
- Farmer is jailed for raping housemaid in Bahrain
- Bahraini mother recounts firebombs agony
- Guard foils masked ATM robbers in Bahrain
- Bahraini on Arab world's 'most powerful women' list
- Latest kitchen technology at Sharjah event
- Number of HNWIs in Africa to double by 2023
- World boxing legend to visit Bahrain
- UAE road accidents decline by 23.5pc
- Top businesswomen in Bahrain honoured
- Death penalty sought for Bahrain terrorists
- Girl, 9, dies after fall from 8th floor in Abu Dhabi
- Lebanese café brand opens Dubai outlet
- Bahrain poultry firm told to step up safety
- Customer dies in Bahrain cafe brawl
- Bahraini boys hurt while planting bombs
- Philips, Ericsson launch LED street lighting
- DuBiotech to set up first Halal safety lab
- Jotun to supply coatings for Makkah Station