Between 1975 and 2002, Angola experienced one of Africa’s longest and most devastating civil wars. Tens of thousands of landmines were laid and today there are still 500,000 unexploded devices in various regions of the country. In the area around the village of Kanenguerere, in Benguela province (in the west of the country), the mines laid in the 1980s still pose a threat to local inhabitants and the semi-nomadic Mucubel people. In 2018, we helped create and train a team of female deminers engaged in clearing land within the province.
In November 2020 we renewed our support to the project for the third year in a row. With this donation the HALO Trust will be able to clear further 40,000m2 of land from mines in the Benguela province, in the town of Balombo, while also implementing Covid-19 awareness initiatives. This year the project will include specific Covid-19 awareness training and best practices including use of appropriate protection equipment.