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In 2003 I worked in Kabul, Afghanistan, as a Researcher and Adviser (volunteer) with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) - an independent Foundation supported by 18 governments undertaking research, operational assistance and contributions to the implementation of the Mine Ban Treaty. I was invited to assist Dr Ian McLean, an internationally recognised expert on dog behaviour who provides scientific input to studies initiated by GICHD.

I worked as a field specialist to studies on the use of dogs in demining programs in Afghanistan. The study correlates dog behaviour and various environmental measures (air temperature and humidity, soil temperature and moisture, wind, vegetation cover) with dog indications of the presence of mines (including false indications).


Kabul City, Anzac Day 25 April 2003


Russian tank, outskirts of Kabul

Searching for land mines

Ray Wills and the McLean team

The research team

Inayatadullah, Ray, Ian, Rebecca, Asif, Mohammed


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Created: January 25, 2004

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