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- Govt. Angola: Over 200,000 children benefit from polio vaccine. 13 Jul 2019
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Update on rat reinforcements in Angola.
It has been an exciting month for the mine detection rat (MDR) team in Angola as they welcomed 16 new landmine detecting HeroRATs on May 11th. Angolan MDR Supervisor Alfredo Adamo eagerly received the rats and was very pleased to report that they arrived in good health and settled easily into their new home in Uíge Province about 300 kilometers from the capital city of Luanda.
UK support trains 16 HeroRATs for mine detection in Angola.
About a year ago sixteen baby HeroRATs were chosen from the APOPO breeding center in Tanzania to be trained as landmine detection rats. With the support of the Players of the People’s Postcode Lottery (UK), these rats have now successfully completed their training and are being prepared to move to their new home in northwestern Angola.
MOROGORO, Tanzania — The charity famed for its use of specially trained rats in landmine and tuberculosis detection celebrates its 20th anniversary this week.
Harnessing the highly attuned sense of smell in the African giant pouched rat, the international organization APOPO has spent the last two decades training these affectionate rodents in detecting two of the deadliest threats on the planet: landmines and tuberculosis. Each gives off its own unique smell, undetectable to humans, something which the rats are able to quickly sniff out.
The Republic of Angola is heavily contaminated with landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) as a result of a 27-year civil war that ended in 2002. Since 2013, APOPO has been working under the umbrella of its partner Norwegian People's Aid (NPA), one of the leading humanitarian mine clearance operators in Angola.
APOPO along with partner Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) is working in sites across Angola to help communities back on their way to sustained economic development by giving back safe land for agriculture and development. Clementina is one of the NPA deminers committing herself every day to remove the deadly threat of landmines.
APOPO's HeroRATs in Angola have helped clear an area at the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 1 year ahead of schedule. The clearance of the Malele site in Zaire Province allows for the development of a large market area that will boost the cross-border trade with DCR and stimulate the economic development of the region.
Our mine action program in Angola has completed its second year of operations and while finishing up clearing activities in Malanje province, preparations have started to deploy the HeroRATs in Zaire Province, on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
*On 8 December 2005, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared that the 4th of April of each year shall be observed as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Actionin order to bring special attention to the millions of people still living under the threat of landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW). This year's theme 'More than Mines' reflects the use of a wide range of explosives that after the conflicts are over still pose a threat to communities living in the ex-battle zones.*
APOPO's mine action team in Angola is currently supporting the clearance of landmines in a residential area in the northern part of the country. APOPO's partner NPA helped prepare the site and the mine detection rats are now deployed in support of the demining teams. The rats speed up the mine clearance activities significantly and help return the much-needed land to the local community.
APOPO Angola staff all returned full of energy from their restful year-end break aiming to make this year count and help more local communities back on their land. APOPO demining operations in Angola were on stand-down for a few weeks over the holiday period, allowing our staff members to spend some time with their families and friends. Both mechanical teams and the HeroRATs are now deployed, looking forward to finalizing the tasks in Malanje and starting operations in Zaire Province.
There are currently 66 countries and 7 territories around the world that are affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war that pose a structural barrier to development and economic growth. Landmines pose a threat not only to the lives and safety of the people but also keep any development firmly away because of the ever-present danger of destruction.