Angola

What we do

Our work here focuses on clearing areas of landmines and unexploded ammunition as well as mine risk education.

Oil and corruption

Angola is still struggling with the remnants of 27 years of civil war. Large parts of the country are covered in landmines, and millions of people have been driven away from their homes and now live as refugees in their own country.

Challenges

Angola has a great agricultural potential and large oil and mineral deposits. But the country is marked by much destruction in the wake of the civil war, and around 4 million people are estimated to live or to have lived in the country as exiled refugees. A large part of them grew up in camps in or outside Angola.

The country is facing substantial constructive work, among other things, clearing the regions that are covered in landmines. The mines mutilate the population and pose a significant threat.

The revenue from the country’s oil production is the source of progress and improvements in some parts of the country. But the administration of Angola’s finances is anything but transparent. And so far the poorest parts of the population that live in the most isolated areas in the country’s eastern provinces have not felt the growing affluence.

What we do in Angola

DanChurchAid’s work in Angola centres on the eastern province, Moxico, that borders on Zambia.

Our work includes:

  • dotClearing inhabited areas of landmines and unexploded ammunition
  • dotTeaching children and adults the danger of landmines

Angola is one of the most mined African countries south of the Sahara and one of the most mined countries in the whole world, and more than 12 million mines are still believed to lie in wait in the ground today.

Every year landmines mutilate and kill many innocent people. In Angola, people with amputated body parts, limping down the street with the aid of crutches or prostheses, are not a rare sight.


Articles about Angola

The access to Angola’s remote Alto Zambezi municipality has significantly improved after DCA has ensured that the Caianda Airfield does not contain any landmines
EuropeAid has granted 1.187.500 Euro (approx. 8.854.000 DKK) to DCA’s important effort to contribute to the development of Angola’s Moxico province through clearance activities and Mine Risk Education (MRE).
With a new grant of 4.6 million Danish crowns (approx. 610.000 euro) from the AP Møller Foundation DanChurchAid is now able to address another demining project in one of Angola's poorest and most remote provinces.
5,000 refugees who fled their homes during Angola’s 27 year long civil war can now return to their home area as it has now been cleared of landmines and unexploded ordnances.
Denmark must forbid investment in cluster bombs. There was widespread agreement on that at the launch of a new international report on “explosive investments” in Copenhagen.
US Department of State donates USD 200,000 to DanChurchAid’s (DCA) mine action activities in Angola.
Angola, with 12 million landmines, has a tremendous need to clear up the deadly remains of 27 years’ civil war. DanChurchAid can now speed up the process with a new demining machine donated by the A.P. Møller Foundation’s Support Fund.
The first 12 months of a DanChurchAid (DCA) mine action project in Angola was recently celebrated in Luena together with partners, including one of the main donors, the European Commission.
After one and a half years of hard work, DanChurchAid (DCA)’s mine clearance teams in Angola have finished clearing a two-kilometer-long mine belt having removed and detonated almost 1,250 mines and dozens of unexploded ordnance along the way.
DanChurchAid’ Mini Mine Wolf (MMW) is now operational in Luena area, Angola
Since January 23rd, 2006, DCA’s HMA Programme in Angola has been helping to demine a vast area just outside the city of Luena known as Alto Campo.
A member of DanChurchAid’s mine clearing staff in Angola, Antonio Maliti was working in a minefield in the village Chicololo in the eastern part of Angola, when an unintended explosion caused Antonio to loose all fingers on his right hand.
The Danish government has established an Africa Commission on effective development cooperation with Africa.
The past is scary, but the upcoming elections in Angola on September 5th has every possibility to turn a new page in the country’s history
The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Danida) has granted 24 million DKK for DanChurchAid’s HMA programmes in Africa and Asia.
Three years ago a truck overturned in Angola claiming nine lives - the most tragic accident in the historiy of DanChurchAid
Finnish report from DanChurchAid’s Humanitarian Mine Action project in Eastern Angola
Recent flooding in Luanda, Benguela and other western Angolan provinces have resulted in the deaths of some 90 people and have contributed to a worsening cholera outbreak.
Development of the mine clearance system WADS enters a new and exciting phase. During the past twelve months, the big mine clearance system WADS has been tested in very difficult areas in eastern Angola. When the system is fully developed, the WADS should be able to clear roads much faster than ever before and thus open areas for development and traffic. And the need is huge in the country stricken by civil war fo...
After many months of hard work, the new DanChurchAid demining team in Angola is now ready to do their first official hand-over of a piece of land. With detectors, small shovels, brushes, and hands, the 40 deminers have inch by inch gone through every spot of the more than 3.3 hectare large area.
On 6 October 2005, the system for road verification went operational and the Wide Area Detection System (WADS) survey crew started surveying the Luena–Lucusse road in Angola.
In April 2002, peace finally came to Angola after almost 30 years of civil war. The civil war cost the lives of almost one million people, drove four million to flee internally and sent an additional 465,000 fleeing to neighbouring countries.
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