HALO’s First All-Female Team of De-Miners Deployed in Artsakh:
And by “De-Miners” we mean a team of 20-somethings going into the
war zone to defuse “mines, cluster munitions, and other explosives,” that their warring governments left behind.
This is what my heroes look like:
The following comes from Armenian Weekly:
In July, the HALO Trust dispatched their first all-female team of de-miners to the Nagorno-Karabagh Republic (NKR/Artsakh).
“Having successfully deployed female de-miners in many countries, we felt that the time was right to try this in Nagorno-Karabagh,” Yuri Shahramanyan, the manager of HALO’s mine clearance program in the NKR … According to HALO, “Nagorno-Karabakh has one of the world’s highest per capita rates of accidents caused by mines, cluster munitions, and other explosive remnants of war (ERW).”
HALO Nagorno Karabagh (NK) currently employs 129 national staff, 11 of whom are women. Since 2000, HALO NK has cleared 417 minefields and 480 sites contaminated with cluster munitions. From 1992-94, mine-laying took place in Nagorno-Karabagh by both Azerbaijani and Armenian forces, resulting in the presence of thousands of mines. HALO is currently the only organization working to clear mines and dispose of unexploded ordnance (UXO)—explosive weapons that did not explode upon employment but that still pose a risk of detonation.
In addition to helping clear minefields, HALO educates communities on the dangers of trespassing into minefields, and works with the NK Rescue Service by coordinating its clearance and Explosive Ordnance Disposal activities across the Nagorno-Karabagh Republic …