How MAG is helping
MAG’s work in Angola makes a long-lasting and permanent difference. Cleared land is used to build hundreds of houses, schools and clinics. It also enables farming for subsistence, and profit and facilities projects which give communities access to safe water.
MAG’s work gives people the chance to rebuild their lives and livelihoods in safety, free from fear and danger.
$6million of funding a year for 10 years, WOULD ENABLE MAG TO clear ANGOLA's most contaminated province, MOXICO, of landmines and unexploded bombs.
We train and employ local people as deminers, to conduct manual clearance in high priority areas in coordination with the national authorities. We also deliver mine risk education to help people keep themselves and their families as safe as possible until MAG can remove the threat.
MAG has been leading the trialling and refining of the Handheld Standoff Mine Detection System, known as HSTAMIDS. These detectors differentiate between harmless scrap metal and dangerous items, so land can be quickly and cost-effectively released back to the communities who need it the most.
Land release through non-technical survey is another way of ensuring that scarce resources can be best targeted to priority areas.
In February 2016, three of the leading humanitarian demining organisations in Angola made an appeal to the international donor community – in a letter to the Mine Action Support Group – to commit more funding to mine action in the country: Download it here
Credit: JB Russell/MAG