ANGOLA’S BOMBS STILL MAIMING PEOPLE YEARS AFTER WAR ENDED | AfriTV Online

Nearly 20 years since the civil war ended in Angola, landmines laid in the ground before the country gained independence in 1975 continue to maim civilians across the country. The civil war, that left at least half a million people dead and some four m...

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ANGOLA’S BOMBS STILL MAIMING PEOPLE YEARS AFTER WAR ENDED

Published by: A. Odean
10/22/2020 04:16 PM

Nearly 20 years since the civil war ended in Angola, landmines laid in the ground before the country gained independence in 1975 continue to maim civilians across the country. The civil war, that left at least half a million people dead and some four million civilians displaced in the oil-rich nation, officially ended in 2002.

 

The conflict destroyed industries and agricultural firms. But two decades later, the southern African country is yet to clear all land mines. According to official government data, unexploded ordnances killed about 160 people in the last two years. In the year the war ended, some 240 people were killed.

 

Angola also has an estimated 80,000 people living with scars or disabilities from landmine explosions. The more than one million laid explosions, often known as Explosive Remnants of War (ERW), in the roads, farms and other public places have meant that rural people cannot venture out to farm, according to Mine Action Review, a global research organisation on remnant weapons of war and their clearance.

 

According to the country’s government, 1,858 mined fields as a result of the war are so far cleared of mines representing 56.4 per cent. The idea is to declare Angola free of landmines by 2025. There are still 1,435 fields loaded with abandoned munitions, however.

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