Mozambique declared landmine free

By Editorial Board - 17 September 2015 at 3:02 pm
FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2001 file photo, former rebel soldier Abdul Momed Gofulof, clears land mines in Hnadane, 62 miles south of Maputo, Mozambique. The country plans to clear all known land mines with the help of backers by the end of this year, virtualy ridding its territory of a threat that caused casualties long after its civil war ended in 1992. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File

Mozambique has been declared landmine free. After twenty years of work clearing the landmines left over from its civil war, one of the world’s poorest countries has removed the last known landmine.

HALO Trust declared that it had destroyed the last known mine today. The country was devastated by a civil conflict, which ended in 1992 leaving behind the deadly weapons. “Mozambique was one of the most mined countries in the world” HALO Trust the British charity stated on their website.

“Mine clearance has helped the country develop its infrastructure, access vital commodities such as gas and coal, increase tourism and attract international investment. Communities can now cultivate crops and graze livestock safely.”

The director of Mozambique’s National Demining Institute, Albert Augusto, told The Guardian, “Many people thought Mozambique would take a hundred years to demine the whole country. We ended up demining in less than 30. The key was the commitment of the government having a clear plan, doing it district by district, and the generosity of donors. Donors go anywhere there is a clear plan and they can see the value of money.”

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