Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Afghan civilians given awareness training in explosive ordnance

After having received instruction from a Royal Engineer Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team, members of the Afghan Security Forces recently delivered explosive hazard awareness training to over 500 local Afghans in Nad e-Ali.

Operation ROSHANA SERAK, Pashtu for 'cleared and shiny path', is a rolling programme in which ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) forces, including British Royal Engineers, train the Afghan National Security Forces across Helmand province so that they in turn can provide training to local Afghan people.

With the Taliban's use of indiscriminate improvised explosive devices as their main form of attack across Helmand, and the years of conflict in Afghanistan also having left thousands of unexploded and unsafe munitions littered across the land, the awareness training for ordinary people is incredibly useful.

It is the Afghan civilian population after all who are the main victims of these deadly devices - in 2008 nearly 40 per cent of those killed and over 30 per cent injured in Helmand by explosive hazards were local civilians.
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