Lonely Planet Writer

Mozambique approaches historic milestone

The landscapes of Mozambique move towards being protected and preserved.
The landscapes of Mozambique move towards being protected and preserved. Image by F Mira / CC BY-SA 2.0

Mozambique, once one of the world’s most heavily mined countries, is on the verge of proudly declaring itself free of the deadly scourge. Experts had originally feared the process could take a century to complete, but the process will be finished in just over two decades. The success was achieved by cooperation between the government in Maputo, NGOs and international donors like the USA, UK and Sweden. In total some 182,000 landmines have been cleared, of which about 150,000 were credited to Halo trust, the British NGO championed by the late Princess Diana. At one point mine-sniffing rats were even used by the Belgian NGO Apopo in 2006. Read more: news24.com