Norwegian People's Aid starts mine action in Afghanistan
Norwegian People's Aid has been asked to monitor US supported Mine Action in Afghanistan and has opened a country office in Kabul.
Afghanistan is one of the world's most affected countries by explosives, which poses a major threat to civilians and limits the possibility of development. The US has an average 33 million USD budget per annum for comprehensive Mine Action in Afghanistan that is implemented by international and national organizations. It is this effort that Norwegian People's Aid has been assigned to monitor operational activities.
“Our job is to contribute to Mine Action in Afghanistan being done in a secure and effective way, says Steinar Essén", director of NPA's Humanitarian Disarmament Department.
“This is an important acknowledgement of the know how we have built through 25 years of mine action. For the first time, we are now creating a country program that will only follow-up other players' operational activities", says Secretary General Henriette Westhrin.
NPA will conduct the monitoring work in close cooperation with the US government and the American embassy in Kabul.