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.
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.