Angola’s civil war ended in 2002, but 35% of its landmass is still contaminated by landmines laid during the war.
Japan and the UK have agreed to jointly provide necessary funding for a landmine clearance project in Huambo Province in Angola, implemented by the Halo Trust.
Japan has extended assistance of USD 550,000 through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects for expenses for personnel, equipment, etc. necessary for the project in March. The UK will assistance of GBP 50,000 for the project.
The project will clear a total of 191,692 square meters of land from landmines, benefitting more than 2,490 local residents.
The existence of unexploded landmines in Angola has hindered its economic and social development.
This assistance by Japan and the UK is expected to reduce the number of casualties caused by unexploded landmines, secure the safety of land, and promote effective use of land for food production and other social and economic development projects, thus advancing the consolidation of peace in Angola.