HALO Trust Receives 12 Locators for use by MAPA

The legacy of thirty years of conflict has left communities in Afghanistan facing many problems. One of the great challenges the country faces is ridding itself of unexploded ordnance (UXO) and stray ammunition (SA) that lies hidden, scattered across the whole country. Many of these items have lain dormant for many years waiting to injure unsuspecting civilians who unearth them when tending to their land or used by insurgents to destabilize the country and work against the GoIRA and its people.

The donation of 12 x Schonstedt GA-72Cd magnetic locators has been greatly received by the Mine Action Programme for Afghanistan (MAPA). Schonstedt magnetic locators make up the back bone of the MAPA’s UXO/SA search capabilities with this technology being used to locate items, which are then destroyed, including cluster munitions and large calibre UXO and SA. Each month over 80 tons of ammunition is destroyed across the MAPA and Schonstedt GA-72Cd Magnetic Locators play a major part in the location and destruction of these explosive items.
The HALO Trust on behalf of the MAPA implementing partners who are benefiting from this donation would like to thank the donors for their generous donation of these locators.

These achievements were made possible thanks to the partnership established between the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and Schonstedt.