James Cowan

Why were my colleagues murdered?

A Halo Trust deminer in Afghanistan (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Two weeks ago, the charity I run suffered the greatest loss of life in its 33-year history. The Halo Trust was founded in Afghanistan in 1988 following the Soviet withdrawal. On witnessing the devastating impact of landmines and unexploded bombs on the population, two British soldiers set up an organisation to train young men of fighting age how to clear mines and ordnance.

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James Cowan
Major general James Cowan is CEO of the Halo Trust. He commanded in the Iraqi provinces of Basra and Fallujah in 2004, returning in 2009 to fight in Helmand province.

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