Countries that took part in
The three-decade-long war pitted the ruling MPLA party, backed by the Soviet Union and
“We are doing this alone when there were 11 or 12 different armies that mined our country,” minister Joao Baptista Kussuma said on the sidelines of a national conference on landmines.
The war, which turned into one of the longest Cold War conflicts, resulted in half a million dead and hundreds of thousands of landmine injuries.
Asked if he thought some of the nations that took part in the conflict should help
Still, 106 people were killed and 200 were injured by landmines in
The UN estimates that, despite an extensive de-mining programme, millions of landmines remain scattered across
“We have cleared over half of the 4000 identified minefields,” he said.
“But the size of our national territory, along with the fact that we have no maps for some areas could stop us from developing our de-mining operations faster,” he said.
Pic: Demining Lubango airbase in southwestern Angola. Lubango was a key base in the war against South Africa.