Zimbabwe seeks $122m to clear land mines

Zimbabwe, one of the most densely mined countries in the world, said Friday it is seeking 122 million U.S. dollars to clear all anti-personnel mines that were planted by Rhodesian forces during the 1970s war of liberation.

Although the country’s land mine clearance started in earnest in 1982, only two years after independence, Zimbabwe is still grappling with the challenge of land mines due to shortage of funding.

Zimbabwe Mine Action Center said Zimbabwe was one of the most densely mined countries in the world with an estimated 2,500 mines per kilometer frontage. To ensure a coordinated approach and speed up the clearance, the country’s vice president Constantino Chiwenga on Friday launched an eight-year Zimbabwe national mine action strategic plan.

The plan, running from 2018-2025, aims to mobilize local and international support to ensure the country is land mine free by 2025.

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Source: Vanguard Nigeria