Why Tajikistan ?
In 1991, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Tajikistan declared its independence and quickly fell into a civil war that lasted until 1997. The country remains to this day the poorest of the former Soviet republics and keeps a heavy legacy of this recent history. Considerable quantities of obsolete weapons and ammunition remain in circulation, posing a threat to the population as well as to regional security. The territory is also dotted with anti-personnel mines and explosive remnants of war. Moreover, many stocks of obsolete pesticides, now recognized as toxic, are scattered across the country, migrate in the environment and contaminate the food chain.