'Mine Free' Mozambique
The government in Mozambique today announces that the country is now 'mine free'.
Mozambique’s 15-year civil war claimed around 1 million lives. Approximately 5 million people fled their homes and Mozambique became one of the most mined countries in the world. As a result, hundreds of people were injured and killed by landmines in the 1990s.
More than two decades later, Mozambique is now free of this dangerous legacy. The HALO Trust has been clearing mines in Mozambique for 22 years. During that time, we have employed 1,600 Mozambican men and women. Using both manual and mechanical demining methods, we have cleared over 171,000 landmines from over 1,100 minefields. That’s approximately 80% of all the landmines destroyed.
Our extensive clearance work has unlocked agricultural land, lifted rural communities out of poverty and enabled the development of major infrastructure.
Mozambique is now 'mine free' but there are many other countries still suffering the legacy of landmines. Please help us to clear more communities from landmines.
Find out more in our press release.
Get the quick facts in our 'mine free Mozambique' infographic.
'Mine free Mozambique in a nutshell'
Learn the key facts in this short video (1 min 15 seconds).
Journey to ‘Mine free’ Mozambique
A more detailed account of how Mozambique went from being one of the world’s most mined countries to being ‘mine free’.
Cindy McCain: the future for children in Mozambique
Cindy McCain, Chairman, HALO USA, visited Mozambique recently; in this video she talks about the difference mine clearance has made for Mozambican communities, particularly children.
Mine clearance: In the eyes of local people
The last area cleared by The HALO Trust was around two bridges and three viaducts, which carry cargo from Beira to the borders of Zimbabwe and Zambia. In this video, local people talk about the difference mine clearance has made to their lives.
The economic impact of mine clearance
The manager of rail company, CFM, explains how HALO's mine clearance work has enabled the company to do essential maintenance work, which in turn allows it to increase the load-carrying capacity on the line.