26 Jun 2007

Afghan children learn about dangers of mines

Herat, Afghanistan - Thanks to a PRT Herat programme, Operation White Butterfly, more than 6,000 Afghan school children from over 16 schools have learnt about the dangers of mines and how to keep themselves safe.

The programme, which started on 31 May, was named after an anti-personnel mine shaped like a butterfly. General Antonio Satta, PRT Herat Commander, oversees the programme throughout western Afghanistan.

Recently, the PRT members presented the programme to the 500 students of the Baba Hagi School. Captain Saverio Cucinotta, chief of Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) at PRT Herat, taught them how to recognize and avoid the white butterfly mines, and what to do if they come upon one. During the class discussion, a  young Afghan girl named Khaterah told the Italians that one of the devices was close to her house. Afghan National Police responded to handle the unexploded ordnance, according to an RC (W) official.

Warrant Officer Raspa Gualberto received applause from the students and faculty members when he said the Italian EOD team had defused approximately 4,000 explosive devices in the past six months. Mohammed Ismail, director of Baba Hagi, and Mohammed Azim, head  teacher, thanked the EOD team for their intervention.

For full article, see the ISAF Mirror -
Issue August 2007 (PDF/1.73MB)

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