All around the world there are millions of landmines and explosives hidden in fields, forests and jungles. All of these explosives are leftover weapons from various wars and battles that took place around the world and unfortunately they have a very negative impact on civilian life in many areas. Just 10 years ago Mozambique was seeing thousands of injuries or deaths from landmines around the country, but this week they’ve reached a huge milestone that will finally put an end to the suffering. Mozambique was proud to announce this week that they are officially landmine free.
According to officials overseeing the effort, Mozambique is now completely free of anti-personnel landmines thanks to a huge effort to clean up the problem. The program was largely funded by Mozambique itself, although there was outside help as well. The country wants to become an example for other countries around the world by showing that, no matter how dire the situation, it is possible to clean up any and all landmines. A lot of the effort was accomplished thanks to new technology developed specifically for the task, crews in Mozambique were happy to report that they had great success with their provided tools.
This is a huge step in the right direction for the world and the people of Mozambique and other affected countries. Thousands of people dying around the world due to left over armaments is unacceptable, fortunately this progress shows that it is in fact possible to become a world without landmines. In addition to landmine clearing efforts there are serious efforts being executed to ban the use of landmines in war, hopefully preventing this from ever becoming a problem again. Currently the ban on landmines is approved by over 100 countries, which all but guarantees there will never be widespread use of landmines again.
Families all around Mozambique have been quick to speak up, saying they finally feel like they are safe in their own towns and villages. The number of landmines removed from the country is not precisely know, though many experts believe it was in the thousands. The potential number of lives saved by this effort is absolutely astounding, now it is just a matter of pushing the effort to other countries to continue cleaning up the landmines that have been left.