MercoPress, en Español

Montevideo, November 28th 2022 - 21:28 UTC

 

 

Mozambique declared 'free of mines' after 22 years; HALO Trust confirmed destruction of last mine

Thursday, September 17th 2015 - 20:43 UTC
Full article 3 comments
Mozambique was one of the most mined countries in the world. Before HALO moved in, landmines caused hundreds of accidents, fatalities and amputations. Mozambique was one of the most mined countries in the world. Before HALO moved in, landmines caused hundreds of accidents, fatalities and amputations.
Using manual and mechanical demining methods, HALO helped make over 17 million square meters of land safe. Using manual and mechanical demining methods, HALO helped make over 17 million square meters of land safe.
Overall, HALO personnel cleared over 171,000 landmines, accounting for about 80% of the total destroyed. Overall, HALO personnel cleared over 171,000 landmines, accounting for about 80% of the total destroyed.

The government of Mozambique is expected to officially declare the country free of landmines shortly after the British mine clearance charity The HALO Trust confirmed it had destroyed the last mine on its last known minefield.

 Mozambique was one of the most mined countries in the world. Before HALO began its pioneering program in 1993, landmines caused hundreds of accidents, including fatalities and amputations.

Ridding Mozambique of landmines brings enormous benefits to its 26 million citizens. Communities can now cultivate crops and graze livestock safely. Mine clearance has enabled the country to develop its infrastructure, access gas and coal, increase tourism and attract international investment.

Mozambique's GDP has grown 7% annually since HALO began demining and it is now ranked 10th in the world for real GDP growth. HALO has employed more than 1,600 Mozambican men and women in demining since 1993.

Using manual and mechanical demining methods, they helped make over 17 million square meters of land safe. Overall, HALO personnel cleared over 171,000 landmines, accounting for about 80% of the total destroyed.

“Mozambique is a compelling example of how dealing with the debris of war systematically and in partnership with government, local people and donors can bring recovery and growth to countries once ravaged by conflict”, said James Cowan, HALO CEO.

HALO's work in Mozambique was funded by the governments of the USA, UK, Netherlands, Ireland, Japan, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Australia, Belgium, as well as The Reece Foundation, Tokyo Broadcasting System, UNDP, World Vision, Trocaire, Concern, Mitsubishi Corporation, National Demining Institute/Hitachi and Actifonds Mijnen Ruimen.

The mine most recently destroyed by HALO is considered the last to be cleared from a known minefield, supporting Mozambique's compliance with the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention. Whilst the discovery of a small number of stray or buried mines in the future cannot be completely ruled out, Mozambique is now as close to 'mine free' as possible.

Categories: Politics, International.

Top Comments

Disclaimer & comment rules
  • Briton

    HALO Trust
    Cannot they now help in the Falkland's.

    Sep 18th, 2015 - 07:12 pm 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    1
    They like their mines.
    “Mike Summers, a member of the legislative council of the Falkland islands government, said: ”There are a lot of mines in the Falklands, but they are not that intrusive”

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2005/jun/11/uk.falklands

    Sep 19th, 2015 - 12:52 am 0
  • LEPRecon

    @2 Marcos

    As usual you are selective about your quotes.

    I seem to remember the Falkland Islands Government stating that since the mines, laid illegally by the even more illegal Argentine forces, we're not currently a danger to the people of the Falklands, that all the focus of mine removal should be one those countries where people are being killed and maimed.

    http://en.mercopress.com/2008/06/27/ottawa-unhappy-with-request-to-delay-falklands-mine-clearance

    The mines, illegally laid by the even more illegal invading Argentine forces, are inconvenient but not threatening the lives of the people of the Falklands.

    Goes to show that the people of the Falklands care more for others than their own convenience. I wonder how many Argentines could say the same.

    Sep 19th, 2015 - 02:03 pm 0
Read all comments

Commenting for this story is now closed.
If you have a Facebook account, become a fan and comment on our Facebook Page!