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03 Apr 2013 description

“In my job, men have no objections to women making the decisions ,” says Sona Nadian, 37, from Bissau.

“That should be the case in any field of work, but when it comes to mine-clearing, it isn’t necessarily obvious,” she adds with pride and amusement.

Sona and her female co-workers – Julieta, Nesia, and Luisa – have been heading a team of 50 employees, 38 of them males, LUTCAM (lutamos todos contra as minas), a national non-governmental organization charged with removing mines across the country.

01 Feb 2012 description

Geneva, 1 February 2012 – Guinea-Bissau has become the latest country to declare that it has cleared all known mined areas according to its obligations under the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or Ottawa Convention.

08 Jun 2006 description
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28 Oct 2005 description
report IRIN

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BISSAU, 26 October (IRIN) - Guinea-Bissau's government has announced the destruction of its stockpile of roughly 5,000 landmines but disposing of the ones already in the ground is likely to prove far more difficult.

A number of areas around the country continue to be plagued by anti-personnel mines and other explosive devices. The majority of these were laid during the West African nation's brief 1998-1999 civil war, although some date as far back as the country's struggle from independence from …

21 Oct 2005 description

Author(s): Olivier Shu <cdphandicapbissau@mail.gtelecom.gw>

On 17 October 2005, Guinea-Bissau completed the destruction of antipersonnel mine stockpile, in compliance with its obligations under Article 4 of the Mine Ban Treaty.

BISSAU, 21 October 2005 - On 17 October 2005, outside the city of Gabú, Handicap International was invited to a ceremony that marked the destruction of Guinea-Bissau's last remaining landmine stockpile.

A number of dignitaries attended this event, including the Minister for Veterans Affairs, …