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Prince Harry: let's finish the job

"Landmines are a humanitarian issue—not a political one...The fact that demining funding has been reduced by nearly 90% over the last decade is pretty shocking and we hope that today will encourage those countries not to leave a job left half done."

Hon Paula Coelho, Angolan Minister for the Environment

"His excellency, the President, is giving $60 million to demining. Angola has committed to remove landmines from the parks so that wildlife can be conserved and so that economic development can thrive using the best models of sustainable tourism...Let us fight the landmines. Let us have progress."

Dr Alex Vines, Head of Africa Programme, Chatham House

“Angola has been at peace for 17 years. There is a unique opportunity to eradicate landmines completely by 2025 and unlock the country’s unique wildlife potential."

R. Clarke Cooper, Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs

“We have a unique opportunity to build momentum and accelerate the progress of mine clearance in Angola. Angola is an example of how clearing the debris of war is a critical first step to development and stability around the world."

HE Dr Rui Jorge Carneiro Mangueira, Angolan Ambassador to the UK

“Angola is at peace for the last 17 years but the remains of the war are still here. Removing the landmines is important for our economic development and in order to protect our environment, wildlife and forests.”

Kai Collins, Director, National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project


 “Scientists had not been to the headwaters of the Okavango for about 40 years. We couldn’t get the teams in to start the exploration without the assistance of HALO guiding us through two of the most heavily mined regions.”

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The funding from the Angolan government is a major step towards protecting this precious wild space. However, we estimate it will take a further $60 million to clear all the remaining minefields around the river systems that feed the Okavango. Donate today and be part of Angola's journey to a brighter future. 

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Kaddu Sebunya, CEO, African Wildlife Foundation

“Conservation is not a side issue, it is part of our energy needs, our culture, sometimes it is our religion, sometimes it is our identity. All those things need to come together. It is about who we are as Africans.”

James Cowan, CEO, The HALO Trust

“Not only are apex species killed by landmines, there is also poverty that arises directly from the presence of these 100s of minefields. The communities that live in this area cannot develop economically and become reliant on poaching and bushmeat. These species suffer a double threat—directly and indirectly from the landmines."

HE Jessica Hand, British Ambassador to Angola

"Angola is currently benefitting from the expertise of international demining organisations including The HALO Trust and MAG and they are training Angolan’s in demining skills, giving ordinary people skills and, I am particularly proud to say, giving women skills."

Col Rui Nelson Goncalves, Defence Attache, Angola

"The region is a wilderness wonderland, home to the largest population of elephants in Africa and one of the highest levels of biodiversity on the planet, virgin arable land and abundant water resources. However, it was also a battleground. The area still has landmines scattered throughout its territories, which deny human access to vast resources."

Rt Hon Rory Stewart, Secretary of State for International Development

“These particular weapons, so brutal, so indiscriminate so hidden, so long lasting in their impact, represent something that should fill us all with an ethical abhorrence… I wish to work with all of you to eliminate them from the world.”

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