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26 Jan 2016 description

A FUTURE FREE FROM FEAR

At MAG, we believe that whenever and wherever wars happen, ordinary people should not be the ones who pay the price.

As Chief Executive of the UK’s only aid and development charity to have shared the Nobel Peace Prize, I am immensely proud of the difference MAG and our donors made directly to the lives of more than 1.4 million men, women and children in 2015.

07 Jan 2016 description

The news that Mozambique has declared itself landmine-free is cause for celebration and a huge achievement. But we must acknowledge the tragic truth that much more needs to be done to make life safe for the thousands of people still living with these hidden killers in other countries.

We must not let minefields be forgotten. Whenever and wherever wars happen, innocent people should not be the ones who pay the price.

In this edition of Insight:

30 Dec 2015 description
report APOPO

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.

24 Dec 2015 description

Ondjiva -At least 341.000 square meters of land were cleared out from landmines in 2015 in the municipalities of Cuanhama and Cuvelai, southern Cunene province, by the Brigade (B) linked to the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA).

According to the operating activity balance report carried out during the year 2015, with the aim of clearing all actions areas suspicious of landmines focused on the communes of Môngua, Nehone and Ondjiva (Cuanhama) and Mupa (Cuvelai).

11 Dec 2015 description

According to the chairman of the referred NGO, Albino Bravo da Costa, the destroyed means were collected between October 2014 and December 2015, in Cahama municipality, which allowed cleaning up an area of 121,377 square kilometers.

He said the destroyed material consisted of four anti-tank landmines, 198 different devices and 66 ammunitions of small caliber, adding that the organization is working in Cahama for the cleaning-up of explosive devices that endanger the movement of people and goods.

10 Dec 2015 description

Uíge - At least 395 unexploded ordnances, launched during the armed conflict, were collected in 2015 by the provincial department of the National Demining Institute (INAD) in Uige.

According to a note from the institution that reached Angop, the devices will be destroyed on Friday in the town of Bungo.

The unexploded ordnances include 108 mortars of 82 mm, 95 D-30 reference and 35 other mortars of 60 mm.

It also includes 76 D-30 combative heads, 60 fuses landmines, hand grenades, ammunitions and rockets.

27 Nov 2015 description

Next week, Mozambique, formerly one of the world’s most heavily mined countries, will formally declare it has completed mine clearance on its territory, the 29th country to do so since the 1990s. This leaves 60 countries and territories still contaminated according to Clearing the Mines, a review of mine action programmes around the world published today by Norwegian People’s Aid. The report’s authors have calculated that by 2020 another 20 countries should have completed mine clearance and the urgent humanitarian threat removed from the other 40.

17 Nov 2015 description

Yemen: 14.4 million people are now food insecure: two million more than in June and four million more than before the escalation of conflict in March. 7.6 million people are severely food insecure. Heavy fighting continues, in particular in Al Dhalee and Taizz governorates. Peace talks between Houthi and government representatives, which were expected to begin mid-November, are yet to take place.

13 Oct 2015 description

Kuito - At least 8.927 people in the central Bié province were sensitized by the National Demining Institute (INAD), from January to September this year, on the dangers of landmines in the communities.

According to the provincial director of INAD in the region, Bernabé Frederick, awareness of people was made in the areas where the institution has been carrying out demining works.

30 Sep 2015 description

Chitembo - More than Three hundred explosive devices were destroyed on Tuesday in Cachingues commune, Chitembo municipality, central Bié province, by the non-governmental organization "APACOMINAS".

Among the devices, there was an anti-personnel landmine, an anti-tank landmine, 17 mortar projectiles 60mm, equal number of mortar 82 millimeters, two gun projectiles 120 mm, 11 RPG7, a rifle grenade, four hand grenades, as well as 330 small-caliber ammunitions.

The operation clarified an area of 30 kilometers, during five months.

30 Sep 2015 description

Cuito - The situation of landmines and unexploded ordnance in central Bié province is still worrying.

This was said Tuesday in Cuito by the liaison officer of the National Inter-ministerial Commission for Demining and Humanitarian Aid (CNIDAH) in Bié, Norberto Quinta.

Speaking to Angop, the official said this year CNIDAH notified five accidents with landmine, in the localities of Cuito and Chitembo, with two cases each and Cunhinga with one.

22 Sep 2015 description

Bangladesh: 1.5 million people are affected by flooding, which has displaced around 320,000 people in the areas of Cox's Bazar, Chittagong, and Bandarban. Shelter, WASH and food security are key priorities. 15 out 24 rivers are over danger levels as heavy rainfall continues.

Libya: An estimated 2,244 people have died this year as a result of conflict, and nearly one-third of the country’s population is affected. Humanitarian access remains severely restricted.

17 Sep 2015 description

Cuito - At least 12, 970 mines and unexploded ordnances were destroyed on Wednesday in desert of Cunhinga municipality, 30 km north of Cuito city, central Bie province.

The removed and destroyed UXO included 37 anti-personnel landmines, 36 anti-tank mines, 24 small arms (AKM) in obsolete state, 1,110 unexploded devices and 11, 763 ammunition of various calibers.

15 Sep 2015 description

Snapshot 9–15 September 2015

Afghanistan: The number of severely food insecure has risen to 1.5 million people, according to a new assessment. 7.3 million people are moderately food insecure. Food security among IDPs is worsening, with around 200,000 people reported to be in need of immediate assistance.

08 Sep 2015 description

Snapshot 2–8 September 2015

Yemen: The health system in Taizz governorate is close to collapse. All public hospitals have closed, and the remaining health facilities are overwhelmed by severely injured people as well as a dengue outbreak. Access remains severely restricted across the country. Hudaydah port, the main entry point for humanitarian supplies in north and central Yemen, remains closed, and road transport from Aden port to northern governorates remains limited.

01 Sep 2015 description

Snapshot 25 August–1 September 2015

Papua New Guinea: 1.8 million people have been affected by prolonged dry spell and frost in the Highlands region; 1.3 million are reported to be most at risk. Crops have been destroyed, and several chools and health facilities have been closed due to water shortages. The affected population is reported to be resorting to less reliable sources of drinking water.

27 Aug 2015 description

Snapshot 11 August – 25 August 2015

Haiti: Insecurity has increased since legislative elections. Violence and intimidation were reported at many polling stations and a second round of voting is planned, following low voter turnout. Food security has deteriorated as a result of prolonged drought conditions since the beginning of 2015: poor households in Sud, Sud-Est, Nord-Est and Artibonite will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes through December. Recent cholera rates are triple those of the comparable time period in 2014.

19 Aug 2015 description

Malanje - At least one hundred and six unexploded ordnance removed in Quéssua Hill, near the city of Malanje, by the Provincial Department of National Demining Institute (INAD), will be destroyed Wednesday in the commune of Cambaxi (city of Malanje).

According to a document from the institution that reached Angop, there will be delivered a cleared field, to build the future broadcasting center of the Public Television of Angola (TPA).