What we do
Our work here focuses on clearing areas of landmines and unexploded ammunition as well as mine risk education.
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.
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.
DanChurchAid’s work in Angola centres on the eastern province, Moxico, that borders on Zambia.
Our work includes:
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.