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Mozambique: Gaza Declared Free of Land Mines

Mozambique: Gaza Declared Free of Land Mines | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Maputo — All 11 districts of the southern Mozambican province of Gaza have been declared free of land mines, following an assessment made by the National Demining Institute (IND), in partnership with the provincial government.

A ceremony to mark the end of demining operations took place in Mabalane district in Wednesday. The last mine was destroyed, and the shrapnel was offered to the provincial governor, Raimundo Diomba.

Mabalane was the most heavily mined district in Gaza. During the war of destabilisation, mines were planted in localities along the line of rail, in an attempt to protect the Limpopo Corridor, the railway from Maputo to Zimbabwe, from attack by the apartheid-backed Renamo rebels.

The demining of Mabalane was undertaken by a Belgian NGO, Apopo, which used rats trained to detect mines under the soil, as well as the more orthodox manual and mechanizing demining methods.

Apopo cleared an area of six million square metres (rather more than 545 football fields) and destroyed over 3,000 mines. It finished the demining of Mabalane before the deadline of 2013.

With the successful conclusion of the demining programme in Gaza, 105 of the country’s 128 districts are now free of mines – all known minefields in these districts have been cleared, and they contain no suspect areas.....

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Libya: Government Using Landmines in Nafusa Mountains | Human Rights Watch

Libya: Government Using Landmines in Nafusa Mountains | Human Rights Watch | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
(Cairo) - Libyan government forces placed more than 150 antipersonnel landmines in at least one location in the Nafusa Mountains, Human Rights Watch said today.
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Living in a Minefield: The Landmine Problem in Afghanistan | Doctors Without Borders

Living in a Minefield: The Landmine Problem in Afghanistan | Doctors Without Borders | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
This report is designed to give an accessible update on the mines situation in Afghanistan in 1997 to diplomats and politicians meeting in Brussels, followed by Oslo and Ottawa to prepare a treaty banning anti-personnel mines. To the many negotiators who have never visited a mined country, the report tries to give a flavor of the continuing effect of millions of mines on people's lives, and to examine the response made by Afghans in 1997.
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