The Julia Burke Foundation is very proud to be the first humanitarian organization to purchase a newly developed ground-penetrating radar mine detector which will allow the deminers to better identify buried objects and to cover more ground in less time. The HALO Trust will use this new technology in their continued efforts to save lives and return land to local communities for safe use.
The project funded by The Julia Burke Foundation provided a trained mobile Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team to work with the local community and other agencies to clear the threat of mines and Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) from the province(s) of Cambodia most seriously affected by the threat of mines and UXO. The EOD team consisted of five personnel, including one supervisor and one trauma care medic.
During the four months of the project, the highly qualified team members conducted 123 tasks, destroying 227 anti-personal mines, 9 anti-tank mines, and 566 items of unexploded ordnance in the provinces of Battambang and Pursat. The project was completed in April 2003.
Photos reprinted with permission. Copyright MAG 2003.
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