Scope of the Problem: As of third quarter of 1390, there were 6,048 hazardous areas remaining in Afghanistan, affecting 588 sq. km and 1,930 communities.
Casualties: In the third quarter of 1390, 67 Afghans were injured or killed by landmines and other explosive remnants of war, representing a significant decrease from a monthly average of 176 casualties in 1380. Of the total, 76% were children. It should also be noted that 85% of the overall casualties were caused by explosive remnants of war (ERW) or unexploded ordnance (UXO).
In Q3 1390, MAPA implementers cleared 85 communities; clearing or cancelling 349 minefields and 64 battle areas, and destroying 5,349 anti-personnel mines, 284 anti-tank mines, 24 abandoned improvised explosive devices and 153,676 ERW.
Since the beginning of the programme 20 years ago, the implementers of mine action have cleared or cancelled over 17,539 mine- or battlefield areas throughout the country. 111 Districts and 1,867 communities have been cleared of mines and other explosive remnants of war.
The Ottawa Mine Ban Convention requires total clearance of all anti personnel minefields by 2013. To date, the MAPA has progressed 54.13% in terms of area and 47.24% in terms of number of hazards towards this goal. An extension of the deadline is being prepared.
New hazardous areas continue to be found in Afghanistan, increasing the challenge of the goals set by the Ottawa Treaty and affecting the progress towards them.
Mine Risk Education (MRE): 288,054 people received MRE in the third quarter of 1390. Of the total, 42% were female.