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"MAG is about to enter its 21st year as an organisation and I am very proud to have been a part of what has been achieved over those years.
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 …
Huambo - At least 64,380 landmines were cleared from January 1995 to October 2009 by the Non-governmental organisation "The Halo Trust" in the provinces of Bié, Huambo, Benguela and Kuando Kubango, Angop learned Wednesday.
According to the NGO operations officer, Valdemar Fernandes, of the mines cleared, 52,561 were anti-personnel and 11,819 anti-tank.
He also said that 73,068 unexploded ordnances that hindered the free flow of people and goods in the region were defused.
Valdemar Fernandes explained that from 1995 to date The Halo Trust has cleared 11.9 million square …
2010 Portfolio Highlights
27 countries, territories, missions
This 13th edition of the annual Portfolio of Mine Action Projects features overviews and project outlines for 27 countries, territories or missions affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war.
There are 277 projects in the 2010 portfolio. Africa accounts for the largest number: 103.
95 appealing agencies; one in five projects from national NGOs
The 2010 portfolio continues to receive a high level of participation by an array of appealing agencies, including national authorities, …
Kuito - About seven fields were cleared of landmines and explosive devices in central Bie, during the third quarter of this year by the British Non Government Organization, The Hallo Trust.
While assessing on Monday in Kuito city, the activities carried out by the NGO, its operation chief, João Baptista, underlined that were demined camps in the municipalities of Kunhinga, Katabola and Andulo.
He added that the clearing of about 106,815 square meters and another 282 kilometres of road is now enabling a free circulation of people and goods as well as the fomenting of farming.
"If the village keeps developing and growing, the people will live better and we can request that the government to do more for us, that they bring the services we need - a school, a health centre, water, electricity.
Luanda - At least 3,218 anti-personnel and anti-tank mines were destroyed in 2008 countrywide, making it possible for the clearance of an area of over 316,000 square metres of land, ANGOP has learnt.
These figures are part of a report of the executive commission for demining delivered to ANGOP, which adds that on the same period were also destroyed 262,445 explosive devices, as well as seized 867,666 diverse metals.
According to the document was also demined an area with 472 power line posts, 302 kilometres of high tension electric power transportation, as well as an area …
Korab Mula (27) from Albania lost his two arms and injured both legs when he stepped on a mine and then fell on another one in June 2000. With international assistance, he was fitted with conventional prosthetic arms, but they give him problems and he cannot use them which has caused him to feel dejected and depressed. Only with more advanced electronic prostheses, which are not available in Albania, does Korab stand a realistic chance to train up for a job, and even get married.
Atenção Chihango is in his 70s, though he is not sure of his exact age. Despite his name, which in Portuguese means 'attention' or 'careful', Atenção had the misfortune of stepping on a landmine when he was a soldier in the Angolan Armed Forces during the civil war. He lost his left leg.
He sits in an open area with his wife and several elderly neighbours, among a cluster of mud brick huts that form the small rural community of Caleji, where he was born and where he has lived most of his life.
Luanda- At least 4,820 anti personnel landmines were removed and destroyed from January 2008 until August 2009 by the operators that are controlled by the Demining Executive Commission, ANGOP learnt last Thursday.
This information was delivered in a press conference, which was given by the head of the Army's General Headquarters Engineering Department, Miguel Kiangala, in the presence of the general director of the National Demining Institute (INAD), Leonardo Severino Sapalo.
Through this exercise, it was cleared 14,937 and 1,153 kilometres of roads and railways, …
Gugu Dube, Dominique Dye (Junior Researchers) & Noël Stott, Senior Research Fellow, Arms Management Programme, ISS Pretoria
From the 9th - 11 September 2009, representatives from African states participated in the 3rd Continental Conference of African Experts on Landmines. The conference was hosted by the Government of the Republic of South Africa, in collaboration with the African Union (AU) and with the financial support of the European Union.
Malanje - A total of 8,354 square metres of land were de-mined in Utende village, Cangandala district, 16 kilometres south of Malanje city (northern Angola), in August this year by the Non-Governmental Organisation, Norwegian People's Aid (NPA), Angop learnt Wednesday.
According to NPA's liaison official, Austragildo de Freitas, Utende de-mining project expects to deactivate 91,117 square metres until November this year, stressing that the institution has of late been using a new method called "clearing of land".
The source explained that the new de-mining method …
Une conférence régionale sur le sujet s'ouvre aujourd'hui à Pretoria
Pretoria, le 9 septembre 2009 -- Les membres de l'Union Africaine doivent redoubler d'efforts pour éliminer les mines terrestres sur tout le continent et pour assurer le respect des droits des survivants d'explosions de mines, a affirmé aujourd'hui la Campagne internationale pour interdire les mines (ICBL), lauréate du prix Nobel de la paix en 1997. Une conférence régionale sur le sujet se déroulera du 9 au 11 septembre à Pretoria.
Regional meeting on landmines opens today in Pretoria
Pretoria, 9 September 2009 -- African Union members must step up their efforts towards ridding the continent of landmines and fully respecting the rights of landmine survivors, said the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate, today at the opening of a regional meeting on the issue.
Caxito - At least 32 anti-personal landmines and 33 non-detonated explosive ordnances were destroyed from January to August 2009 in northern Bengo province by the demining companies operating in the region.
This was said to Angop Wednesday by the head of the office of coordination of actions against landmines, Florentino Sebastião Kileba.
He explained that the explosive devices were deactivated in the localities of Bucula, Porto Kipiri, Mabubas, Bela Vista, Ambriz and Barra do Kwanza, under a combined operation carried out by the firms "Kutola", "Anglowest", …
Luanda - The first phase of statistic project for landmine victims in Angola, an initiative of the National Inter-Sectoral De-mining Commission and Humanitarian Assistance (CNIDAH), begins this month.
ANGOP learnt from CNIDAH acting co-ordinator of the Sub-commission for Assistance to Landmines Victims, Elsa Neto.
According to Elsa Neto, the project aims at making a research on the real number of landmines victims in Angola, as well as their living standards, to facilitate the implementation of programmes of integral reintegration.
In her point of view, so far they have been …
Luanda - At least 468 disabled people all victims of landmines were rehabilitated in the past two years with the support of the National Association of the Angolan Disabled People (ANDA).
This was said to Angop by ANDA's chairperson, Silva Lopes Etiambulo, by affirming that the beneficiaries of the rehabilitation are from the provinces of Bengo, Kwanza Sul, Kwanza Norte and Malanje, who were sent to different orthopaedic centres of Luanda and Huambo cities.
According to him, these citizens also benefited from social and Professional integration, by having attended various courses …
Kuito - At least 94 kilometres of road previously believed to be infested with landmines in the central Bié province were cleared out during the first half of this year, by the de-mining company "Cassamba Minas Lda", operating in the region.
Speaking Monday to Angop, the "Cassamba Minas Lda" supervisor in Bié province, Manuel Monico, underlined that the project covered the districts of Kuito, Kunhinga and Andulo.
According to the official, the de-mining process is already enabling the works, by the company in charge of carrying out rehabilitation works of the same …
The removal of landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Moxico Province is helping the construction of houses and roads, and giving safe access to water and agricultural land.
Houses have already begun to be built on land cleared this year by MAG in the 4 de Fevereiro area, close to the city of Luena, where a large number of returnees(1) had settled close to a minefield.
More than 300,000 square metres of land has been made safe, allowing residents to begin construction and agricultural work.
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