"a more Afghan way of dying"
Landmine Victim, 2001
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumLandmine Victim, 2001 - Credit: Luke Powell

Afghanistan is one of the three most heavily mined countries in the world.  200,000 civilians have been been killed by landmines, and 400,000 disabled. 

Landmine Victim, 2001
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumLandmine Victim, 2001 - Credit: Luke Powell

Mine clearing is a major focus of international aid.  The HALO Trust employs 3,300 Afghans to clear mines, and has destroyed over 700,000 mines since 1988.

In 2001, Luke Powell took a remarkable series of photographs of landmine victims.  We are very grateful for his kind permission to publish a number of his pictures in this Profile.