The UK Department for International Development has just announced new funding to support HALO’s work clearing landmines and making land safe in Zimbabwe. Landmines have had a devastating impact on the people of Zimbabwe, but thanks to UK Aid, land is being made safe and families like the Kashano’s from Chivere are beginning to rebuild their lives.
Meet the Kashano Family
Imagine if your land was split in half by one of the world’s densest minefields. Every inch of soil is precious for growing food or grazing valuable cattle—do you risk crossing mined land or see your family go hungry?
For nine long years, this was the reality for the Kashano family who live near the village of Chivere in Zimbabwe. Three hectares of their land lay on the far side of the deadly Cordon Sanitaire minefield on the Mozambique-Zimbabwe border. With an estimated 5,500 landmines per kilometre, parents Chita and Rose lived in fear of their four children being injured or even killed.