Landmine deaths triple in Angola in 2010

(AFP) – Dec 9, 2010 LUANDA — The number of people killed by landmines in Angola in 2010 almost tripled as funding for demining activities plummeted in the world’s third most mined country, the HALO Trust said on Thursday.

“Funding has declined by 50 percent since 2008. There were 80 victims of mining accidents in 2010, compared to 28 in 2009,” said Jose Pedro Agostinho, assistant director of the British non-profit organisation.

The HALO Trust has been operating in the five worst-mined Angolan provinces since the end of the near three-decade civil war that ended in 2002. More……..

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