OVER 40% OF KABUL UNIVERSITY’S CAMPUS REMAINS TO BE CLEARAED OF EXPLOSIVE REMNANTS OF WAR
48,500 square metres of Kabul University’s campus have been cleared of all known mines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW). The area was handed over to officials from KabulUniversity and the Government of Afghanistan during a ceremony, held at Kabul University on October 23, 2013.
The clearance work is carried out by Afghan Technical Consultants (ATC), an implementing partner of the Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan, with financial support mainly provided by the US Department of State. Although, in the past surface and subsurface clearance to the depth of 13cm has been conducted at the Kabul University, but as a requirement for constructing new buildings, the area was searched deeper to the depth of 100cm to 150cm. During this operation, 90 items of ERW including 123 mm and 124 mm mortar and other small arms ammunitions were found and destroyed.
The ceremony was hosted by ATC and was attended by H.E. Dr. Obaidullah Obaid Minister of Higher Education, representatives from the Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan, Government Department of Mine Clearance, Sterling International, Kabul University and ATC.
Expressing his pleasure on the successful completion of this task, H. E. Dr. Obaid, said, “I’m truly thankful to the de-miners for putting their lives at risk in order to bring peace and prosperity to others, by clearing the land from mines and ERW”. On this occasion, Dr. Habibullah Habib, the Kabul University Chancellor, mentioned “From 12 zones of our University, only 7 zones are now free from ERW, while 5 other zones are still contaminated. We urge the Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan to continue their efforts and clear the rest of the problem from our university.”
Historical clashes have left Kabul City contaminated with anti‐personnel and anti‐tank mines as well as ERW, blocking economic, agricultural, health and educational development and access to many other facilities and resources. Now that the hazards have been removed, the cleared area of the University will be used to build a botany lab, one faculty building and a department for Chinese language. This will benefit around 15,952 people directly and another 30,309 people indirectly.