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The deminers of Vietnam

A group of 16 deminers has been created by the local government and an NGO in Quang Tri province, located in central Vietnam. In the second half of the 20th century, it demarcated the communist north and the south supported by the United States. Between 1955 and 1975, this area was one of the most bombed and mined. According to one estimate, 10% of the 80 million tonnes of ammunition used did not explode.

The work of the deminers makes it possible to secure the premises and rehabilitate the agricultural areas, which represent more than 60,000 hectares. “The level of efficiency at work is almost identical between the teams of men and those of women, explains Mai Van Viet, operational director. They work hard, meticulously and carefully, so they give the same result “. 8,500 people, 30% of them children, were victims of mines after the war. The demining team is expected to work until 2025.

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