Zimbabwe, one of the most densely mined countries in the world, said on Friday, March 9, 2018, that it is demanding 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 landmine clearance started in earnest in 1982, only two years after independence, Zimbabwe is still grappling with the challenge of landmines due to a 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.
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