Showing posts with label demining. Show all posts
Showing posts with label demining. Show all posts

Sunday, September 28, 2014

SIGAR Report - DoS Demining Activities in Afghanistan

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has published a report - Department of State's Demining Activities in Afghanistan: Audit of Incurred Costs by Mine Clearance Planning Agency - (SIGAR Report 14-95 Financial Audit) published in September 2014. There were four internal control deficiencies and one instance of noncompliance in the audit of costs incurred by the Mine Clearance Planning Agency (MCPA). The MCPA is an Afghanistan-based international humanitarian demining organization. The MCP received over $13 million in grands to provide support for the removal of land mines and unexploded ordnance in Afghanistan. The report finds that there was $688,206 in unsupported costs that should be scrutinized and possibly recovered.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sixty Halo Trust Workers Kidnapped in Herat

Reuters reports that sixty Halo Trust workers have been kidnapped by gunmen in the Herat area in western Afghanistan. The workers were clearing Soviet-era tank mines. The Halo Trust has been removing mines from Afghanistan for years. Read more in a news article by the Huffington Post published January 21, 2014. Go to the Halo Trust website.