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

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In 2011, Massoud Hassani created the Mine Kafon, a wind powered spherical device that rolls across minefields, detonating landmines on contact, as his graduation project from the Design Academy Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Following the huge interest sparked by Mine Kafon, in 2013, the company Hassani Design BV was created, establishing the Mine Kafon R&D Lab; a playground of innovation. With a multidisciplinary team, Hassani Design BV is able to develop sustainable solutions for environmental and social problems.





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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.


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Still some 60 countries around the world are contaminated by landmines and thousands of people continue living with a this daily threat of losing their life or limb.

In addition emplaced landmines deprive families and communities of land that could be put to productive use such as agriculture. They maintain a sense of insecurity long after conflicts end, delay peace processes and impede countries’ development for years.

Though the majority of states worldwide the world have renounced landmines and joined the Mine Ban Treaty, still 35 states remain outside of the treaty, reserving the right to use landmines at any time.

The majority of the countries remaining outside the treaty keep stockpiles that collectively total around 50 million landmines. If not destroyed, those landmines remain ready to be used any time. The biggest stockpiles of antipersonnel landmines are held by: China, Russia, the United States, India and Pakistan.

There is also a small group of countries that still continues producing antipersonnel landmines, including India, Myanmar, Pakistan and South Korea, with a few others reserving the right to produce the weapon.

Though new use of antipersonnel landmines is rare and limited, it still happens. Myanmar/Burma is the only government that has persistently continued laying antipersonnel mines over the years. In addition Libya (under Gaddafi) and Syria used antipersonnel mines during recent conflicts. There is also a number of non-state armed groups in a handful of countries that have continued using antipersonnel mines.


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Support the project with a Mine Kafon Miniature

This is a conversation art piece. With the sales of this product you will support development process of the real Mine Kafon.

The core is 3D printed and the feet are laser cutted. You can choose the color of the core and feet according to your preferences. We ship it as a DIY set with a manual.