Landmine victims data project opens
Landmine victims data project opens Uíge - A national project to gather data on people with disabilities and landmines victims, intended to ensure their control and social integration opened Friday in northern Uige province.
This was said at the projects opening ceremony by the coordinator of the national subcommittee for assistance of disabled people and landmine victims, Maria da Nazare de Neto.
According to her, the project came under the strategic plan on mine action approved by the Cabinet Council on September 6, 2006, aimed at creating services for victims of landmines.
Maria Nazare Neto noted that the project will enable the National Inter-Sectoral Commission for Demining and Humanitarian Assistance and other concerned institutions to create a database on all victims of landmines in order to reassess their true needs and provide a combination of services and care for the progress of assistance and gathering of information on institutions that provide the targeted group with services.
In order to indentify as quick as possible the victims of landmines, the official assured that the process will cover districts, communes, villages and other localities.
In her turn, the deputy governor for Political and Social affairs in Uige, Maria Fernandes da Silva e Silva, who was speaking on behalf of the provincial governor, Paulo Pombolo, said the project, to be implemented in the province, came in due time and at acceptable time.
According to her, the armed conflict that raged on in the country for decades has left many consequences of various natures in the families which requires more attention by the Executive.
Data released in 2005 showed that there are about 170,000 disabled people countrywide, of which 75 percent are victims of landmines, she pointed out.
The meeting was attended by provincial and central Governments officials, municipal and communal administrators, provincial directors, traditional and religious authorities, civil society representatives and guests.