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ANGOLA: Remember them




Angola remains one of the most mine-affected countries in the world.

The worst affected province is Moxico, where landmines and explosive remnants of war are not only a danger to lives, but also hinder recovery and development.

More than 70 per cent of the population live on less than US$2 a day1. They need safe land to farm on, they need safe access to education and health care, they need increased help.

Please don't forget them.



1 UNDP Human Development Reports

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Princess Diana at an Angolan minefield


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Landmine in Angola

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Mine accident survivor Alice

"I went with my mother to the field to get cassava. On our way there I stepped on a mine. My mother picked me up and took me to the hospital." Alice, now living on land cleared by MAG in the 4 de Fevereiro area of Luena, where a new market has been built. Moxico Province.

This boy was injured when a mortar exploded

"Two of my friends picked up a mortar. I knew it was dangerous because I'd been to a safety class given by MAG, so I started to run away. It exploded. My friends died."

–Musole, aged 11, from Lucusse village, which MAG is currently clearing. Moxico Province.


This boy found a mine outside his school

"I playing with my friends just outside school. I saw a mine and was very afraid. I told them to not go near it and went to get my teacher."

–Victorino, aged 10, from Chafinda village, which MAG is currently clearing. Moxico Province.



"The accident happened after someone came and stole my goats. The following day, I decided to go and cut some posts so that I could make a fence for my animals.

There was an explosion. Then I saw a police vehicle. It took me to hospital, where my leg was amputated."

– Joao, now living on land cleared by MAG in the 4 de Fevereiro area of Luena. Moxico Province.

 

Joao stepped on a mine in 2010

Sebastiao knew he was walking into a minefield

 

"I knew the area was a minefield, but because I had little money I decided to go into the fields to get food for my children.

We had no alternative – we had no other places to go to farm the land or make charcoal. I have a prosthetic leg now."

Sebastiao, now living on land cleared by MAG in the 4 de Fevereiro area of Luena. Moxico Province.



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"We have been living on top of a minefield since the war. One of the children here stepped on a mine and died.

Our village was a battlefield for 30 years, but today the population is living more safely. For this, we give thanks to MAG."

– Soba (Chief) Lingele, Luzi village, which MAG is currently clearing. Moxico Province.


Soba Lingele

Schoolteacher Daniel

 

"We are living on top of mines and there are some areas where the Government would like to carry out projects, like building schools – but what is stopping us is the mines.

Many of the minefields are in fertile areas. People want to work on the land, they want to walk around freely, they want to build houses, but they can't. 

We'd like to thank MAG and the Government for not turning their backs on us. I found a mine near the house I was building. MAG came and removed it."

Daniel, a teacher in Luzi village, which MAG is currently clearing. Moxico Province.


"During wartime, I went to Zambia as a refugee. After the war I came home, but the village was contaminated. We were worried because there were a lot of accidents, but thankfully MAG came to remove the mines.

MAG has to continue clearing the mines. We want our children to be teachers, we want our children to be nurses, we want our children to continue to develop this village.

I would like to say ‘God be with MAG’, because as well as taking away the mines they are now helping us to build a school here.”

– Julia, a secretary in Luzi village, which MAG is currently clearing. Moxico Province.


 

Julia fled to Zambia during the war


Joao, village chief of Luxia

 

“We are living on land cleared by MAG, but nearby is a minefield. We want MAG to come and clear those mines so we can build houses and cultivate the ground.

In the past, before war, we used to collect mushrooms and firewood there, and farmed other crops. But, because of the mines, nobody is using the land.”

Soba Sanguza, Luxia village, which MAG cleared from 2008 to 2009. Moxico Province.


"We moved here because the land was free of mines. It provides my family with food."

– Custodio, a farmer in Luxia village, which MAG cleared from 2008 to 2009. Moxico Province.


Custodio is a farmer in Moxico


MAG cleared the area around this water source

 

"We are very thankful. Now that the mines have been removed, we have plenty of water for everyone."

– Aida, Muxirinjinji village, where MAG's clearance work opened up access to this water source. Moxico Province.

     



The European Commission, US Department of State's Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement, and Government of the Netherlands are currently funding MAG's work in Moxico Province, Angola.


Photos: Mike Fryer/MAG


17 November 2011

 
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Related articles:

ANGOLA: Improving access to education in Moxico

ANGOLA: Helping conflict-affected communities to escape poverty

ANGOLA: Improving infrastructure in Moxico Province

See also: 

Why does MAG work in Angola?

More news and case studies from MAG Angola

Other resources:

Landmine & Cluster Munition Monitor – Angola profile

Donors:

European Commission

US Department of State's Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement

Government of the Netherlands



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