12 June 2008

PR# 2008-247

ISAF Troops of Regional Command Capital providing awareness on Unexploded Ordnance in northern Kabul

Seventy young children attended a practical lesson on June 10 conducted by ISAF’s Engineers and Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) teams in a rural area north of Kabul aimed at young children to help them recognize unexploded ordnance.

KABUL, Afghanistan – Engineers and Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) teams of the French Battlegroup operating under ISAF’s Regional Command Capital (RC-C) conducted an unexploded ordnance (UXO) awareness day in a rural area north of Kabul.

Seventy young children attended a practical lesson performed by ISAF’s troops, aimed at recognizing unexploded ordnance and at preventing incidents. The main message given to children was: “Don’t touch, even if it bears a strong resemblance to a toy. Just inform someone in authority.”

As the main activity in this part of the country is still farming, the danger for the children is higher. Recently five children were wounded while tilling the soil.

In Afghanistan, every year, thousands of people suffer from UXO injuries. ISAF considers this a serious issue and works jointly with international organisations, non-governmental organisations and Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) to counter this deadly legacy of war.

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