Albania was contaminated with landmines and cluster munitions as a spill-over contamination from the Kosovo** crisis in 1999. The contaminated areas covered 120 kilometers along the Albanian border from Montenegro to Macedonia (an overall of 15,250,000 sq. meters). Since 1999, there have been 210 mine/UXO accidents, in which 238 persons were injured and 34 killed. By the end of 2009, all areas in northeastern Albania along the border area were cleared, surveyed or released. On 1 December 2009, at the Cartagena Summit in Columbia, Albania officially declared "Mine Free Status".
Stores of ammunition in former military depots, left over from Albania’s former communist regime, still pose a serious safety threat. According to the Albanian Mine & Munitions Coordination Office (AMMCO) data, there have been 996 abandoned explosive ordnance casualties (150 killed and 846 injured) recorded all over Albania during the period between 1997 until August 2016. As of September 2016, there are still 6 UXO hotspots from initially 19 ones identified in 2011, to be cleared as per the Albanian government updated clearance plan 2016-2018.
What we do
ITF started its hotspots clearance program in Albania back in 2009, and re-started its program in 2014 partnership with NGO Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) that is continuing the clearance of remaining hotspots in Jube Sukth.
In 2017, ITF is implementing a project supporting UXO/ERW survivors of Albania through Vocational Training Initiative, providing rehabilitation treatment at the University Rehabilitation Institute Ljubljana, Slovenia, and with the procurement of medical/rehabilitation equipment and materials for Kukes Regional Hospital.