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Demining Agency for Afghanistan


Kandahar, Afghanistan
June 30, 2003

The Demining Agency for Afghanistan (DAFA) is an Afghan non-governmental organization (NGO) headquartered in Kandahar that specializes in landmine clearance throughout the southern and western regions of Afghanistan. It was founded in March 1990, originally under the name South West Afghan Agency for Demining (SWAAD), and changed its name to Demining Agency for Afghanistan in April 1993. DAFA coordinates its operations with the UN's Mine Action Program for Afghanistan (MAPA) which also provides it with financial support, funded in part by the United States. In addition, DAFA has received funding from the United Nations Association of the United States of America's Adopt-A-Minefield program, the European Commission, and, in the past, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), also funded in part by the United States.

(Photos by Robert Gannon, RONCO Consulting Corporation, June 2003; click for larger image.)

A deminer from the Demining Agency for Afghanistan begins removing anti-tank mines haphazardly piled in one of many unsecured bunkers in this ammunition supply point in Kandahar Province. Photo by Robert Gannon, RONCO Consulting Corporation, June 2003. Demining Agency for Afghanistan personnel prepare one of several batches of anti-tank mines taken from an unsecured ammunition supply point in Kandahar Province for destruction, ensuring that the mines or their explosive contents will never be used by terrorists. Photo by Robert Gannon, RONCO Consulting Corporation, June 2003.
A deminer from the Demining Agency for Afghanistan begins removing anti-tank mines haphazardly piled in one of many unsecured bunkers in this ammunition supply point in Kandahar Province.

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