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Angola: Over 99,000 Kilometres of Road Cleared of Landmines

August 5, 2011

Luanda — A total of 99,980 kilometres of road have been cleared of landmines around the country form 1996 to the first semester of this year, Angop learned Wednesday in Luanda.

The information was released by the Social Welfare minister, João Baptista Kussumua. The minister was chairing the opening of the 3rd National Meeting on Demining, in representation of the Angolan head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos.

The minister on the occasion said another 3,200 kilometres of railway have been cleared, including 6,016 kilometres of fiber-optic and 5,571 of electricity conveying line.

In the period in respect, according to the minister who is also the coordinator of the Executive Commission for Demining, a total of 930.191,457 square metres have been cleared. In the process, a total of 428,274 anti-personnel landmines were cleared, including 23,384 anti-tank mines, while 2.3 million unexploded ordnance were defused. Also cleared were 2.7 million kilograms of lethal material, plus 3.7 million kilograms of assorted materials.

He said that despite the excellent results achieved in the process, the threat of landmines continues, putting flow of people and goods and certain areas of the national territory at permanent risk.


Landmines still plague Angola as aid dries up

April 29, 2011

By Cecile de Comarmond (AFP)

BENGUELA, Angola — Nine years after the end of Angola’s civil war, landmines are still scattered across the country and a full clean-up looks decades away as international aid has dried up.

“During the war, landmines protected the population here” by keeping the rebels at bay, said Yacinta Alfredo, teacher in a village close to the Biobio hydro-electric dam, 30 kilometres (18 miles) from the port town of Lobito, in one of the most heavily mined parts of the country.

“But later they became a danger. My cousin died, just there, not far,” added the single mother, who fears for the safety of her seven children.

Biopio dam provides power to the nearby cities of Lobito and Benguela, and was a strategic point during the 27-year war that devastated Angola.

“A 14-kilometre area was mined in 1994 by the Angolan army to protect the dam from attack by UNITA,” the Union for the Total Independence of Angola which battled the government, said Cesar Coimbra, an official with anti-mining group Halo Trust. More……

Angola : Over 5,000 Landmines Destroyed in 2010

March 13, 2011

Luanda — A total of 5,512 landmines, 4,989 of which anti-personnel and 523 anti-tanks, were cleared and destroyed in Angola’s 17 provinces in 2010. The information is contained in a report from the Executive Commission for Demining that reached Angop on Friday in Luanda.


According to the source, the operation was carried out by the Executive Commission for Demining that includes the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA), the National Reconstruction Office, National Demining Institute (INAD), Border Police, demining NGOs and privately owned companies.

The Executive Commission report says that during the period in respect 59.909 unexploded ordnances were destroyed, in addition to 554,682 kilograms of lethal material and 1.7 million kilograms of diverse metals collected from all provinces of Angola, except Namibe. This followed a strong engagement of the State that involved about 4,000 men grouped in 53 manual brigades, two mechanised and privately owned demining firms.

The source also said the operation included the clearing of 1,047 kilometres of road, 137 kilometres of high tension electricity transportation line and 737 kilometres of fibre optic, all in 2010. According to the report, 76.0 million square metres were demined in the period in respect, and 9,072 people were sensitised, including 2,003 women and 4,945 children.

There were accidents with explosive devices, resulting in the injury of 19 people, killing of eight and destruction of three vehicles, it was also said.

The Executive Commission says that the whole programme included training of 397 specialists, including 101 in leadership, 11 in research and quality control, 31 in handling of mechanised equipment and 51 in logistics management. Another 88 people were trained in basics for sapper, 115 for demolition and technicians upgrading, including repair and maintenance of equipment.

Source : ANGOP

Landmine deaths triple in Angola in 2010

January 30, 2011

(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……..

Angola: Landmine deaths triple in Angola in 2010: Halo Trust

December 18, 2010

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.
Financial difficulties have resulted in the closure of its operations in the southern district of Benguela, while 667 minefields still need to be swept.
Since the end of the war, the oil-rich country has embarked on a process of rebuilding infrastructure, and entrenching its position as Africa’s top oil producer.
“The more they reopen the roads, the more people have access to remote areas,” said Agostinho, suggesting the public was more likely to end up in mined locations.
“And then there are the refugees who come back from neighbouring countries and they are not aware of the danger zones,” he added.
The exact number of landmines laid during the war is not known, in a country that is the most mined in the world after Afghanistan and Cambodia.


Explosive remnants of war still kill in Angola

October 10, 2010

A  tragic reminder that explosive remnants of war continue to kill innocent people in Angola. This newspaper article (in Portuguese) recounts the story of 4 young children who were killed when playing with an explosive device they had found. The area had been de-mined but was still considered a suspect area due to unexploded munitions. The incident occurred 18km from the provincial capital of Malanje.

Angola : Demining field trip. 31 October to 2 November 2010

October 7, 2010

The Angola Field Group has been invited by Norwegian Peoples Aid (NPA) to get a firsthand look at demining out in the field. Slowly but surely no-go areas are being cleared in the countryside but demining and clearing explosive remnants of war, still remains a big challenge facing Angola. You can download two background info PDFs at the end of the original post – see link below.

We will ‘suit up’ and join an NPA demining team in Malange, the province where this NGO is based. They will show us how mines are cleared manually and mechanically and teach us all about mine action. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we thank NPA for making this possible.  Full details……

Minas continuam a matar em Angola

August 11, 2010
Um estudo levado a cabo pelas Nações Unidas refere que minas terrestres espalhadas durante guerra em Angola causaram mais de 160 mortos nos últimos quatro anos, ferindo varias outras.

Entretanto, o estudo aponta que as minas só fizeram quatro vítimas mortais este ano.

As Nações Unidas estimam em milhões o número de engenhos por recolher em Angola, um dos países mais afectados por este flagelo em todo o mundo.

Desde o fim da guerra, em 2002, o governo investiu milhões de dólares na remoção das minas, mas vastas áreas continuam perigosas para a prática da agricultura.


MAG – Angola Programme Update

July 24, 2010

Read the Mines Advisory Group update of activity between April and June 2010. And don’t forget to support this fantastic organisation that along with others helps to save the lives of many Angolans.

Bradt Guide to Angola : Thanks from the Mines Advisory Group

May 12, 2010

Two photographers who contributed photos to the Bradt Guide to Angola kindly donated their fees to the Mines Advisory Group (MAG). MAG does tremendous work in Angola and in many other countries around the world. If you would like to contribute to this vital organisation, please follow this link

To the Managing Director, Bradt Travel Guides

Thank you from MAG!

On behalf of everyone who has been helped by the work of MAG we would like to thank you for your recent donation. Since 1989 MAG has operated in more than 35 countries working to destroy the legacy left behind after conflict. Your donation allows MAG to respond to emergencies to help communities get their livelihoods back on track – without public donations we would not be able to achieve this.

MAG is very proud that at least 90 per cent of all our income goes directly to our programmes. Through the removal of the threats left in post conflict areas, and through our Community Liaison and Mine Education Programmes we are able to give power back to communities and allow them to build their own path to a more sustainable future. To read the latest case study about MAGs work to reduce cluster munitions in Lebanon please visit

Clearing the weapons left behind after conflict is the first step towards helping a conflict-affected community get back on its feet. So once again many thanks for your support, your generosity enables us to continue saving lives and building futures.

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Inglaterra apoia desminagem em Angola com mais de um milhão de libras

November 26, 2009

Huambo – Um milhão trinta e nove mil e 405 libras, equivalente a dois milhões de dólares, ( um dólar equivale a 88.325 Kwanzas)  é o valor que o Governo da Inglaterra doou este ano para apoiar o programa de desminagem que está a ser desenvolvido em Angola pela organização não governamental “The Halo Trust”. Mais…………..

Angola ranks 4th worldwide in 2008 landmine clearance

November 21, 2009

(The Portugal News on Line) Angola ranked fourth worldwide in 2008 regarding areas cleared of landmines, according to the latest study by the International Campaign to Eradicate Landmines released Thursday in Geneva.

“Landmine Monitor 2009” said Angola cleared eight square kilometres of mined areas last year out of a total suspect area of 1,239 sq kms. In all, 158 sq kms were cleared of landmines worldwide in 2008, allowing the destruction of more than 476,000 anti-personnel mines and nearly 100,000 anti-vehicle devices, the study said.

Minas voltam a matar em Angola

November 19, 2009

Corrieo da Manha : A explosão de uma mina terrestre abandonada causou a morte a três crianças e ferimentos noutras duas em Angola, um dos países mais minados do Mundo. 

O incidente ocorreu na passada quinta-feira na povoação de Djakala, província angolana da Lunda Norte, mas só agora foi divulgado. Segundo a Rádio Nacional de Angola, as crianças estavam a brincar com a mina quando inadvertidamente a atiraram contra uma árvore, fazendo com que explodisse.

Sete anos após o fim da guerra civil, e apesar dos esforços de desminagem levados a cabo pelo governo e ONG internacionais, Angola continua a ser dos países mais minados do Mundo, e todos os anos estes engenhos fazem novas vítimas, principalmente entre as crianças.

Demining of Angolan railway lines is complete

October 28, 2009

Luanda — The process of demining of the Luanda, Moçamedes and Benguela railways is complete.  The information was released by the director general of the National Institute of Demining (INAD), Leonardo Severino Sapalo. Read the full story as reported by the Angolan news agency ANGOP.