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NPA cleares improvised minefields in Albuhayat village, Iraq

Albuhayat is a small village in the Haditha district of Anbar Governorate, Iraq. In December 2014 the village was taken by ISIS, forcing many residents to flee.

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An NPA deminer conducting technical survey and clearance of an improvised minefield in Albuhayat village, Anbar. Photo: Marijn Van Broekhoven
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Ayman and his grandfather. Photo: Marijn Van Broekhoven
Some shepherds had made a small path, I tried not to go off from it because I was afraid to step on a mine, sometimes when I walked with the sheep I saw them in the ground
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Sameer with two of his daughters. Photo: Marijn Van Broekhoven
When I returned I went to my land but I could see the jerrycan mines (a type of improvised mine) in the ground, so I knew it wasn’t safe to use
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An improvised ‘jerrycan mine’ found by NPA in Albuhayat. Photo: Noe Falk Nielsen