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Twenty two years of data represents best practice for sector
CHIMOIO, MANICA PROVINCE – The HALO Trust hands over two shipping containers’ worth of mine clearance records to the government of Mozambique today, closing the final chapter of its 22-year history there.
• Landmine charity calls end of 22 years’ work ‘an historic achievement’
• DFID/US/Irish/Japan/Swiss/Norwegian/Swedish/Australian/Belgian/Dutch international aid helps bring security and development to thousands of people
The government of Mozambique will officially declare the country free of landmines today, shortly after the British mine clearance charity The HALO Trust confirmed it had destroyed the last known mine on its territory.
HALO is making great progress towards the goal of a Mine Free Mozambique. With much to be proud of, our dedicated local staff have recently seen success on many fronts. Working on dense border minefields, they are currently finding and destroying up to 120 mines per day on one minefield alone. This huge mine count is only set to grow as we look to increase our clearance capacity.
Prince Harry has paid a two day visit to Mozambique to visit minefields being cleared by The HALO Trust, a British charity and USA not-for-profit organisation and the World's largest demining agency.
Prince Harry's visit, which was privately organised by HALO, has focused on the impact of mines on the civilian population. On Sunday, The Prince met villagers and amputees who told him about their plight among the remaining mines - including meeting a boy who lost his leg 18 months ago while herding cattle. Prince Harry spent the night in the HALO deminers' tented camp.
After 13 years of work in northern Mozambique, HALO has closed its doors there. In an area approximately the size of California, there are simply no more known minefields requiring clearance. The region will officially be declared 'Mine Impact Free' in early 2008.
An estimated 170,000 mines were laid in Mozambique during its fight for independence (1964-1975) and throughout the civil war that followed. All factions used mines to defend provincial and district towns, roads, airstrips, key bridges, power supply infrastructure and military posts.
Halo Trust , the world's largest humanitarian mine clearance agency has cleared over one million mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) worldwide
THE HALO Trust, the world's largest humanitarian mine clearance agency, has cleared over one million mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) worldwide, the charity has announced.
HALO, which is based in the United Kingdom, currently has programmes in Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somaliland, Sri Lanka, Angola, Mozambique, Cambodia and the Caucasus - Abkhazia/Georgia and Nagorno Karabakh.
HALO employs more than 4850 local staff in nine …