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04 Dec 2009 description

This week - a year early - Rwanda was officially declared landmine-free

DFID's support is helping draw the deadly sting out of millions of square miles of land in countries recovering from the pains of recent conflict.

Inches beneath the surface of countries like Rwanda, Afghanistan and Angola, millions of mines and munitions lie unexploded, a chilling legacy from their recent past.

About 70 countries remain affected by landmines, which claimed nearly 5,200 casualties around the world last year.

The UK has actively supported mine action since 1993, donating more than £100 …

20 May 2009 description

Africa Day, held on May 25 every year, is an annual celebration of African unity.

13 Feb 2009 description

Most of Angola's people live in cities and large towns, places they moved to for safety during the two decades of civil war. But living conditions here are extremely poor, with essential services such as safe drinking water still in short supply.

In the slums of Luanda, the country's capital, a DFID-funded programme is helping to increase access to water, ensuring that more people have access to a vital resource.