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Angola: Halo Trust clears 21 landmine fields

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Luanda, Oct 28 - Twenty-one areas have been cleared of landmines between January and September this year in the Angolan provinces of Huambo and Benguela (centre) and Kuando-Kubango (southeast) by the British NGO "Halo Trust".

According to the deputy director of the organization, Jose Agostinho, 3,655 anti-personal and 367 anti-tank mines have been removed.

1,500 mines were cleared in the localities of Ucuma, Longonjo, Caala and Calenga (Huambo), 1,050 in Kuando-Kubango, 1,650 around Kuito, Bie province (centre), 367 in Ganda and Cubal, Benguela Province.

The Halo Trust gets assistance in materials and foodstuffs from the United States of America, Holland, the NGO Doctors Without Borders, Belgium and the United Nations.

Halo Trust has been operating in Angola since 1994 and operates in clearing mines in Bie, Huambo, Kuando-Kubango and Benguela.

Currently it operates with 700 local workers of which 470 are sappers, 54 chiefs of section and 33 supervisors. (Source: ANGOP)