Afghanistan is said to have 10 million land mines. In truth there are far, far more.
Massoud Hassani and his friends played outside like most kids. Growing up in Kabul, Afghanistan, he had to keep an extra eye peeled for explosive surprises. After he lost his father, his mother shipped him out of the country to protect him.
Hassani, now a graduate of the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands, is back in Afghanistan, this time better equipped to do battle with the nightmarish foes of his past.
He’s made a wind-powered land mine killer made from bamboo and biodegradable plastics. He calls it the Mine Kafon and each one costs about $50 to build. Each Mine Kafon can take out four land mines, and is built with a GPS chip that allows you to track it’s history.
“Every destroyed land mine means a saved life and every life counts.”
The aim of the project is to create more attention for this worldwide problem and help along the production of the Mine Kafon as well.
His idea is currently a competitor in the GE Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition for innovative people who are reshaping the world.
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