Afghanistan's metal scrap collectors (12 images)

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In December of 1979, the first soviet tanks entered northern Afghanistan through Hairatan, marking the beginning of a war that would last over a decade. Millions of soviet anti-tank and anti-personnel mines were planted along grazing lands, schools, paths and irrigation systems throughout the country, as a way to slow down the advancing Mujahideen. Over the past 30 years, it is estimated that around 10 millions landmines have been introduced into Afghanistan. Thousands of civilians are killed...
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