Beginning as an Art object, the Mine Kafon, as a concept, has evolved into an important tool in the raising of global awareness of a neglected topic: landmines.
Growing up in Afghanistan, Massoud Hassani, founder of Hassani Design BV and Mine Kafon creator, experienced the dangers of landmines first hand. After moving more than 40 times through different countries, Massoud and his family settled down in the Netherlands, where he went on to study Industrial Design at Design Academy Eindhoven.
Inspired by the homemade wind-powered toys he made during his childhood in Afghanistan, Massoud created the Mine Kafon wind-powered landmine detector for his 2011 graduation project. The project rapidly gained interest in the media and in 2012, Massoud and his brother Mahmud organised a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the development of the Mine Kafon as a prominent piece of landmine clearing technology.
Having undergone extensive prototyping and field testing with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Defence, Hassani Design BV’s multidisciplinary team, are now working to optimise the Mine Kafon to safely and efficiently operate across all landmine contaminated terrains.
Hassani Design BV’s robotic solution to landmine detection and detonation is safer, faster and cheaper than existing technologies.
It is our aim to work with top humanitarian organisations and industry leaders to clear the world’s landmines quickly and systematically with reliable results. This is a huge challenge, but we believe that with the right technology it is possible.
“Mine Kafon is not only an anti-landmine device; it opens a discussion of global awareness” – Massoud Hassani
Top 6 countries with casualties in 2013
In countries with a past devastated by war, landmines are a latent risk, opening fresh wounds in communities that are just starting to heal.
Today, landmines are still in more then 60 countries, being a significant risk to communities across the globe. In these recovering countries, most victims are civilians – children, women and the elderly – with tens of thousands of innocent people killed every year, and many more injured, serving as a horrific reminder of the past.
The UN estimates that the cost of removing landmines across the world is up to 50 times more than its production, and even their removal is not without human cost, with approximately every 5000 mines cleared, one expert worker will be killed and two workers will be severely injured in the landmine’s explosion.
The removal of landmines has made great progress in the last two decades, however, in recent years ongoing internal conflicts in many areas have increase the use of landmines, damaging and isolating civilizations.