News & Press Releases

Myanmar recruits conduct survey training in the northwest of Cambodia.

August 20th, 2014

Eight men and women from Mon, Karen and Kayah ethnic groups in Myanmar have completed an extensive six-month training course in Cambodia. The newly trained staff then quickly went to work on an inaugural pilot survey project...

With a heavy heart, the HALO USA board has accepted the resignation of Guy Willoughby. We thank him for his life long commitment to service and the dedication and heart he has given to the organization over the years. We are especially grateful for his efforts in making former areas of conflict...

If HALO can continue its trajectory of growth, the five most mined countries in the world WILL reach Mine Ban Treaty compliance in 10 years

INTERVENTION / STATEMENT FROM THE HALO TRUST (CHIEF EXECUTIVE GUY WILLOUGHBY), given at 10.15hrs, 26 June 2014

CLEAR IN 10 YEARS FROM NOW, OR TREAD ON MINES FOR ANOTHER 28 YEARS – A CHOICE.

Mr President, Ladies and Gentlemen,

We see that there is an intention and aspiration...

HALO Zimbabwe cleared its 1,000th mine in April 2014 after only 6 months of demining.

In April 2014 HALO Zimbabwe destroyed its 1,000th mine, a mere six months after the start of demining operations in November last year. The achievement is all the more notable for the fact that the clearance is taking place in difficult conditions within a few metres of a road, a village and a...

A representative of the Mayor’s Office thanks HALO for clearance of El Morro minefield

In March HALO completed clearance of El Morro minefield, 200 metres from the town of Puerto Venus.  Over 2,000 people live in close proximity to this minefield and, the month before HALO started clearance, a local father and son found two mines on the path through the minefield to their house.  ...

A Soviet FAB500 AT air-dropped blast bomb lay hidden in Herat City for over thirty years, until it was uncovered during building for a residential development

On 21st April 2014 in Herat City, one of HALO Afghanistan’s UK Government DFID funded Herat EOD teams successfully defused a 30 year old 500kg Russian era aircraft-dropped blast bomb. The operation, to remove a very real and dangerous threat from the centre of a dense urban residential and...

HALO's Program Manager Grant Salisbury countersigns the Japanese grant with Ambassador Kazuo Watanabe

On 25 March HALO signed a contract worth $740,000 with the Japanese Ambassador, HE Kazuo Watanabe, in a ceremony that was overseen by the Vice President of Colombia, Angelino Garzón.

This funding will allow HALO to recruit, equip and train 4 mineclearance teams. These men and women will...

Achigvara Bridge before HALO's construction of a new bridge

Following the success of Abkhazia’s Mine Free declaration in 2011, HALO is now rehabilitating rural roads infrastructure.  This project, with $750,000 of funding from USAID and the European Union, is rebuilding and restoring bridges, culverts and flood defences that have collapsed or are close...

The first anti-personnel mine was found by HALO's armoured 20-ton excavator clearing contaminated soil at a-Nabi Elyas.

During the second week of clearance operations at a-Nabi Elyas minefield in the West Bank, HALO has already cleared two mines.  One anti-personnel and one anti-tank mine were found by mechanical and manual mineclearance teams respectively and then safely destroyed by HALO’s Task Supervisor.  ...

On the first day of clearance at Srashen HALO's deminers first had to remove snow from their demining lanes

HALO began work on April 1st 2014 as the first international NGO to conduct mineclearance in Armenia. A team of HALO deminers, funded by the US Department of State’s Office for Weapons Removal and Abatement, is clearing a minefield in the village of Srashen, near the town of Kapan in Syunik...

The HALO Trust demining team in the West Bank

The HALO Trust has commenced mineclearance in the West Bank - the first and only NGO to conduct mineclearance with support from both the Israeli and Palestinian mine-action authorities. 

HALO’s first clearance task is a minefield laid in 1965 by the Jordanian military, approximately 200...

Bay Area Friends:

Please join us at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco on Thursday, April 3rd for an evening with HALO's Co-Founder and Chief Executive Guy Willoughby and HALO Photographer Fiona Willoughby. The event will include an artist reception to launch HALO's photography...

Yacouba Kone, HALO Ivory Coast Operations Officer teaches students how to safely operate and maintain the Weapons Shears.

HALO recently responded to an invitation from UNMAS (United Nations Mine Action Service) to provide weapons disposal training in CAR for the local Gendarmerie and Army. Training focused on Weapons Shears, a specialised disposal tool designed by the HALO Trust and used in six countries to...

Early breakfast for Claire and Ali!

Ali has just reported in after the massive achievement of 15 hours battling everything a Scottish winter's day could throw at them; snow blizzards, high winds, huge waves and night fog....... "this weekend we have just finished the challenge despite some pretty horrible weather conditions.  We...

20sqkm of anti-tank minefields surrounded the community at Islam Qala, Kohsan District.  More than half of the land is now cultivated after HALO's mineclearance.

An evaluation report by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) on the UK Government Department for International Development’s (DFID) Bilateral Support to Growth and Livelihoods in Afghanistan was published on Friday 7th March 2014.

HALO’s DFID-funded Herat Demining Project, one...

A powerful new video encourages viewers to donate to remove landmines. EVERY LITTLE PENNY COUNTS is the creation of Moon Lisboa in aid of the HALO Trust. Landmine clearance can be costly but HALO’s experience has proved that every donation counts. HALO is committed to minimising...

The HALO Trust celebrates International Women's Day

The HALO Trust would like to celebrate and thank all our women working on HALO programmes around the world for their courage, tenacity and dedicated hard work in every area of our operations.  Their contribution to the dangerous work we do is immense: from the very many hundreds of female...

The Grant Contract was signed between His Excellency Mr. Nobuhito Hobo, Ambassador of Japan and Mr. Stanislav Damjanovic, Programme Manager, The HALO Trust on 3rd March 2014 at the Ambassador’s Residence in Colombo.

Government of Japan continues to support HALO Trust in Sri Lanka for humanitarian mineclarance to enable resettlement and establishment of livelihoods.  They have provided a total sum of US$ 716,608 (approximately Rs. 92 million) in grant aid for humanitarian demining in Northern Sri Lanka under...

HALO's Manzi Camp east of Mukumbura.

HALO Zimbabwe was pleased to host Mrs. Cindy McCain from 15th to 18th February 2014. The purpose of the visit was to show Mrs. McCain the scale of the border minefields and the impact on affected communities.

Mrs. McCain visited villages east of Mukumbura town in Mashonaland Central...

Supervisor Clemisone leads the border minefields demolition team destroying anywhere between 60 and 120 mines perday. Here he lights the safety fuze for a multiple demolition along the ‘Cordan Sanitaire’ minefield between Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

HALO is making great progress towards the goal of a Mine Free Mozambique. With much to be proud of, our dedicated local staff have recently seen success on many fronts. Working on dense border minefields, they are currently finding and destroying up to 120 mines per day on one minefield alone....

The National Museum of Kosovo, Pristina

The visit of HALO’s 25th Anniversary Photographic Exhibition to Kosovo’s National Museum was marked with on opening reception on 23rd January. 

Speaking at the opening, Ambassador Krystyna Marty Lang of Switzerland, a long-standing donor of HALO in Kosovo, said that is “alarming” that the...

Morning parade at camp.

HALO Zimbabwe deployed its first three demining teams on Monday 11 November 2013 to clear mines laid in the 1970s along Zimbabwe’s border with Mozambique. Clearance has started at Foya village (population 1,500) in Mashonaland Central where there is an urgent humanitarian need for clearance. The...

Runners participating in the Marine Corps Marathon in October 2013

The HALO Trust had 16 runners Race to Clear Landmines in Washington, DC’s Marine Corps Marathon last Sunday October 27, 2013.  Together they raised over $10,000 for HALO’s global landmine removal efforts.  

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Grant Salisbury, HALO Trust Colombia Program Manager

The British Ambassador Lindsay Croisdale-Appleby and his wife Barbara, hosted a reception at his Residence in Bogota for the HALO Trust to recognise our 25th Anniversary and to celebrate the start of HALO’s demining operations in Antioquia department, Colombia.

In his speech, the...

Just released today......watch the video of The Story So Far....

Deminer Jorge Daza locates an improvised mine. These mines were waterproofed using black plastic bags.

A day after starting mineclearance operations in Colombia HALO has cleared its first mine. Deminer Jorge Daza who safely located the mine works as part of a team funded by the US Government (PM/WRA).

This team was clearing El Morro minefield which sits 500 metres from the community of...

HALO aims to significantly expand the number of deminers in order to help Colombia meet its Mine Ban Treaty obligations.

HALO’s Colombian deminers started mineclearance yesterday at El Morro minefield in Antioquia Department. This minefield has previously caused casualties and two weeks ago a seven year old boy living within 500m picked up a mine. Clearance of this minefield is expected to be complete by November...

To help mark its 25th anniversary, HALO Trust has teamed up with Google to highlight how it uses Google mapping technology to assist efficient landmine and cluster munitions clearance operations, so that communities across the world can safely use their land.

HALO and Google have released...

Prince Harry and Guy Willoughby looking at a Southern African Olifant tank destroyed in 1988.

HALO Trust Director, Guy Willoughby, discusses Prince Harry's recent visit to HALO's program in Angola and Prince Harry's involvement as Patron of The HALO Trust's 25th Anniversary Appeal on BBC Breakfast August 18, 2013.

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The HALO Trust flash flood relief operations in Surobi District - August 2013

Surobi is a large district located 80km east of Kabul on the main highway to the eastern provinces and the border with Pakistan.  Surobi is an important district where three large hydroelectric dams are located, (Mahipar, Naghlo and Suobi), built in the 1960s to provide a portion of power to...

A BLU-97 cleared from Jasic by HALO. The NATO cluster munition contains a large amount of explosive which spreads deadly fragmentation over a wide area.

NATO’s 1999 bombing of key Yugoslav positions and infrastructure in Kosovo lasted for just 78 days and yet, more than 5,100 days since the end of the bombing, the HALO Trust is still finding hundreds of cluster bombs on land around villages and on farmland with teams funded by the Swiss and...

On May 9 2013 Prince Harry, Patron of HALO’s 25th Anniversary Appeal, greeted more than 200 guests at a reception held at the residence of British Ambassador, Sir Peter Westmacott. Following the reception, he joined the Ambassador and Lady Westmacott, Senator McCain, Senator Leahy, Teresa Heinz...

Prince Harry began a seven-day visit to the US on May 9 2013 with a tour of HALO’s photographic exhibition on Capitol Hill. He was escorted by US Senator, John McCain (whose wife Cindy is a HALO Trustee), Guy Willoughby, CEO of HALO and Fiona...

Boys fishing on river banks cleared of landmines in Angola.

The exhibition runs May 6th to May 10th 2013 at the Russell Building Rotunda and is open to the public, except briefly when Prince Harry visits on the afternoon of 9th May.  The exhibition is educational in content and covers the global landmine issue. It has been curated by Aidan Sullivan, Vice...

Lifting a cluster bomb.

HALO’s team in the Ivory Coast recently played a leading role in the destruction of the country’s last remaining stocks of cluster munitions. HALO worked with elements of the Force Republicain de Cote d’Ivoire (FRCI), the Ivorian Army, to destroy...

British-built armored loader used for clearing a TC6 anti-tank mine from access roads to fields awaiting agricultural redevelopment

Afghanistan – DFID announce major funding commitment on International Mine Awareness Day 2013

Today UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) announces a new five year grant to HALO of over £9 million. This funding allows...

Benguela Vice Governor Agostinho Felizardo at Biopio

HALO Angola – Winning a Battle but still Fighting a War

Benguela Province -  Biópio town, mined during the civil conflict that ended in 2002, was made safe by HALO with funding provided by the United States Department of State. In...

Prince Harry to visit Washington DC

Prince Harry, as Patron of HALO’s 25th Anniversary Appeal, will be in Washington DC in early May 2013.  Among other engagements, he will be at the Senate touring HALO’s photographic exhibition and meeting senators.  He will be...

The unexploded bomb lies at the heart of this structure.

On 14th March 2013 a construction company working for the Ministry of Interior uncovered a thousand pound (five hundred kilogram) blast bomb in the heart of Kabul City. The bomb, a Russian made...

A family party crosses through a gap in the minefield by ox cart.  The rank vegetation on either side of the track indicates the location of the minefield.

On March 18, 2013, The HALO Trust received a grant of $864,153 from the Embassy of Japan in Harare. The grant will allow HALO to equip, train and deploy seven manual demining sections and provides running costs for a minefield survey capacity.  Ninety two Zimbabwean staff will be employed by the...

Prince Harry and HALO Director Guy Willoughby.

Prince Harry has today, March 7, 2013, become patron of the HALO Trust’s 25th Anniversary Appeal in support of the pioneering charity’s commitment to getting mines out of the ground, for good. 

The HALO Trust clears landmines and unexploded ordnance from war-torn countries so that some of...

HALO Director Guy Willoughby and Ivory Coast Prime Minister Daniel Duncan

The HALO Trust’s Director, Guy Willoughby, met with the Ivory Coast’s Prime Minister, Mr. Daniel Duncan, as part of the country’s Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) program on Monday 25th February 2013. The Prime Minister started the destruction process of weapons collected from...

With over 3,700 staff, HALO's programme in Afghanistan is the largest demining operation in the world.

HALO now has over 8,000 full-time staff in ten countries.

This is the first time in HALO's 22 year history that we have surpassed 8,000 employees. This milestone is a testament to the generosity of our donors who understand that our work saves...

Nathaniel Williams and Cindy McCain stop for a photo just before visiting Salaxey minefield

Mrs McCain visits Somaliland to ascertain the impact of mines on the civilian population.

Mrs McCain visited HALO program in Somaliland from 3rd to 6th of June. Previously Mrs McCain has visited HALO programs in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Angola, Kosovo and Georgia.

During the trip Mrs...

The rally was led by the Interior minister and was supported by more than 2,000 Angolan citizens

On 16th and 17th April 2010, HALO Angola staff participated in the Second Anniversary celebrations of the Angolan Disarmament Campaign.

The celebrations culminated in a public rally led by Roberto Leal Monteiro Ngongo, the Angolan Minister of the Interior, who was accompanied by around 2,...

Svalbard Expedition

SVALBARD EXPEDITION - SKIING FOR LANDMINE AWARENESS

Dave Leaning successfully led a team attempting an unsupported ski crossing of the Arctic Island of Svalbard.  David Sharman's blog details preparations for the expedition and is available...

US Ambassador John Bass being interviewed by the Georgian media following the handover of cleared area in Megvrekisi village, Shida Kartli, Georgia

On the 5th December 2009 HALO completed the clearance of cluster munitions and other items of unexploded ordnance left behind from the August 2008 conflict in Georgia.

The program was launched within days of the cessation of fighting and it resulted in a total of 3,402 hectares of land...

Registered in Colombia

The HALO Trust has completed legal registration in Colombia making it the first civilian humanitarian mineclearance organization currently registered in Colombia.

HALO Survey Teams have been assessing and prioritizing mineclearance tasking in Colombia since 2008. HALO plans to start...

Robert Burns Humanitarian Award.

Now in its eighth year, the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award is presented annually to a group or individual who has saved, improved or enriched the lives of others or society as a whole, through personal self-sacrifice, selfless service, 'hands on'...

HALO clearance teams conduct systematic surface clearance of the village of Shindisi where cluster munitions, as pictured above (M095), pose an immediate threat to current inhabitants and returnees

Following the August 2008 conflict between Russia and Georgia, the US Department of State prepared a large-scale humanitarian response.

HALO's longstanding presence in Georgia and the Caucasus region made it the natural partner of choice for the US government in addressing the...

Mine Detection System

The Handheld Stand-off Mine Detection System, known as HSTAMIDS, is a dual-sensor mine detector developed specifically for the U.S. military by L-3 Communications Cyterra Corporation.

HSTAMIDS combines advanced metal detector and ground-penetrating radar technologies, allowing a trained...

Mrs McCain meets with schoolchildren near Junic.The playground of the school requires further clearance to remove the threat of unexploded NATO cluster munitions

Mrs McCain took 4 days out from her husband, Senator John McCain’s, Presidential campaign tour to visit HALO in Kosovo during March.

She has previously visited HALO’s humanitarian clearance operations in Angola, Sri Lanka, Mozambique and Cambodia.

During the visit to Kosovo she...

CMVIS Mine Accident Map 05-2010

In mid-2008 HALO Cambodia’s deminers achieved an extraordinary clearance milestone by surpassing 200,000 mines found and destroyed since our program started in 1991.

A staggering 168,586 of these mines (84% of the total) were cleared from the northwest border districts where HALO has been...

The HALO Trust

HALO has operated in Somaliland since 1999 and currently employs 440 local staff.

During a routine minefield visit, a senior manager was approached by a group of women seeking jobs with HALO. After first briefing and receiving approval from local authorities, HALO decided to invite the...

Each white stick indicates where HALO located a landmine

After 13 years of work in northern Mozambique, HALO has closed its doors there.

In an area approximately the size of California, there are simply no more known minefields requiring clearance. The region will officially be declared ‘Mine Impact Free’ in early 2008. An estimated 170,000...

The HALO Trust

On 21 January 2004, Alex Blyth, then a Trustee of The HALO Trust, and Ray Middleton, a senior pilot with Cathay Pacific, reached the South Pole after a 730 mile trek from the coast of Antarctica. They raised over $200,000 for The HALO Trust.

An armoured excavator removes contaminated soil from Mtskheta minefield, immediately adjacent to the main Tbilisi – Black Sea highway.

On the 7th December at a ceremony attended by the Japanese Ambassador - His Excellency Mr. Masayoshi Kamohara - the HALO Trust formally handed over to the local community three cleared minefields in the town of Mtskheta, Georgia.

Clearance of these minefields around a former Soviet base...

Two farmers cultivating land which was cleared of landmines by DFID-funded clearance teams in Nagorno Karabakh in 2010

On the 15th December the British Ambassador for Armenia – His Excellency Mr. Charles Lonsdale – hosted a reception in Yerevan to mark the end of DFID funding for The HALO Trust’s mineclearance program in Nagorno Karabakh.

Speaking at the reception Roly Clark, The HALO Trust Program...

Princess Diana visiting HALO Trust Angola in 1997

Sad news - where “Development linked” demining with fewer deminers outbid HALO’s far larger demining capability.

Areas that have the “most casualties” will continue to keep that tag,  until tackled by large scale clearance.  Very, very frustrating!   See links to The Times story and HALO'...

Returned IDP to the Vanni with her mother and father

Fiona Willoughby visited Sri Lanka this month to photograph the returning IDPs in the Vanni district where HALO deminers are clearing the ground for them to rebuild their homes and livelihoods.

Posters highlighting Mine Action Day as children arrive at school, Jaffna Hindu College

The HALO Trust joined forces with the Regional Mine Action Office and other demining agencies in Jaffna to organize a two-day exhibition to raise awareness about landmines on 20th-21st April. The event was sponsored by the European Commission, which has been...

HALO deminers on parade during Mine Awareness Day in Hargeisa

The HALO Trust marked International Mine Awareness Day in Somaliland by taking part in an event organised by the Somaliland Mine Action Centre (SMAC) on 4th April 2011 in Hargeisa.

The event started with a rally through Hargeisa in which 100 HALO deminers participated. HALO also set up a...

Special Police Unit (SPU) armoury after HALO rehabilitation

In April and May of 2011 the HALO Trust rehabilitated two armories of the Somaliland Police in Hargeisa. The first was the armory at the Special Police Unit (SPU), and the second was at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

HALO carried out this armory rehabilitation project...

Tamil returnees hoping to rebuild their lives after decades of conflict in northern Sri Lanka

The Department for International Development  has chosen The HALO Trust and partner agencies to assist with the demining and support development work in war torn northern Sri Lanka. 

UKAid will enable HALO to expand its demining operations to over 1,000 Sri Lankan staff working to clear...

Aircraft bombs in Yamoussoukro

In May 2011, The HALO Trust was contracted by the United Nations Mine Action Service to conduct a one month...

Maheswaran (Bicycle repairman) has now opened his shop for business in Skandapuram
Small businesses and public services flourish on ground cleared by HALO Skandapruram...
HALO deminer conducting mineclearance in northern Sri Lanka.

Deminers working for the HALO Trust in Sri Lanka found their 100,000th anti-personnel mine on 20th August as efforts continue to ensure the safe resettlement and reconstruction of the...

HALO deminers on morning parade in Kilinochchi
HALO Sri Lanka has expanded its demining operations to over 1,000 Sri Lankan staff working to clear minefields and support follow-on development in the three worst...
Lord Boateng receiving a brief about the minefield at Abaarso from HALO’s operational staff.

During a trip to Somaliland this week to work with the Somaliland Parliament, as part of a project run by The Association of European Parliamentarians for Africa (AWEPA...

HALO's Programme Manager presenting Abkhazia mine free

Abkhazia announces that all known mined areas have been cleared, after 14 years of sustained humanitarian demining operations by the HALO Trust.

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HALO's Colombian survey team visit a remote dwelling

The Colombian President meets HALO Trust Monday 21st November 2011.

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A deminer clearing close to Omalo's Keselo Fortress

In the summer of 2011 The HALO Trust cleared a large minefield in Georgia’s Tusheti Protected Areas close to Georgia’s Caucasus Mountain border with the Russian Federation. The work...

Female deminer in Sri Lanka

Women in the front line clearing Sri Lanka of land mines.

The Norwegian Embassy in Sri Lanka have published the following News article on their website, please read full article from link below:

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HALO female deminers during a break.They get 10 minute break after every 30 minutes of work and work nine shifts per day
Emily Fleckner who serves as a Desk Officer in...
The HALO Trust
Race to clear landmines

The HALO Trust is again an official charity partner of the San Francisco Marathon (July 29, 2012...
Mines still pose a risk to everyday life in Zimbabwe. A mine picket can be seen ringed in red

On 4 April 2012 The HALO Trust and the Government of Zimbabwe signed a Memorandum of Understanding which authorises HALO to survey and clear the country’s longest belts of barrier minefield.

These belts of landmines are located on Zimbabwe’s northeast border with Mozambique and extend...

Living in a minefield

Australian ABC news story, available to view here, which summarizes the work of the the HALO Trust in...

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie, Google Earth Outreach and The HALO Trust announce the launch of "Explore a Minefield", which brings added transparency to humanitarian landmine clearance.

Tours of mine-affected areas are created for viewing  in Google Earth software and narrated by Angelina Jolie, a...

Angelina Jolie and HALO Director Guy Willoughby briefing at HALO's global HQ in Scotland

Angelina Jolie and her family visited HALO’s global headquarters in Scotland this weekend.

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HALO Laos MOU signing ceremony

On 4th October, The HALO Trust and the National Regulatory Authorities for Mines / UXO Sector in Lao PDR start a new UXO Clearance project in Laos. The NRA’s Director General, Mr Phoukhieo Chanthasomboune issued the MOU.

HALO’s Program Manager, Armen Harutyunyan, highlighted plans in Laos...

HALO Mozambique Operations Officer showing Prince Harry a minefield in Tete Province

Prince Harry has paid a two day visit to Mozambique to visit minefields being cleared by The HALO Trust, a British Charity and the World’s largest demining agency.

Prince Harry’s visit, which was privately organized by HALO, has focused on the impact of mines on the civilian population.  ...