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Mozambique, which was once one of the most landmine-polluted countries in the world,has recently won a historic victory by clearing its entire territory of landmines. A battle in which Handicap International has been closely involved.

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Mozambique, which was once one of the most landmine-polluted countries in the world,has recently won a historic victory by clearing its entire territory of landmines. A battle in which Handicap International has been closely involved.
Mozambique, which was once one of the most landmine-polluted countries in the world,has recently won a historic victory by clearing its entire territory of landmines. A battle in which Handicap International has been closely involved.

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The work to clear Mozambique of landmines, including by Handicap International from 1998 onwards, has allowed a country which was devastated by anti-personnel mines and explosive remnants of war to make immense progress. Its mine clearance programme came to completion in March 2015. Even if certain remaining areas are still being cleared, the country was officially declared mine-free in September 2015.

Handicap International began its work in Mozambique in 1986 in response to the emergency situation due to the civil war (1997-1992). In order to provide mine victims with artificial limb fitting, Handicap International opened 16 orthopaedic workshops in several provinces in the country.

Today, the organisation works to improve people with disabilities’ access to social and health services in communities on the outskirts of urban areas, where there are very high levels of poverty. In order to achieve this goal it supports local services, in particular those dedicated to children, and provides them with training to ensure the needs of people with disabilities and their families are better taken into consideration. It also runs an information, referral and social support system managed by disabled people's organisations with the aim of facilitating access to these services.

Handicap International also works to champion the rights of children and adults with disabilities and of mine victims, as well as to encourage their inclusion in social and working life (including lessons in literacy and in income-generating activities for people with disabilities, access to social services, learning sign language for young people who are not in education, training State workers to support people with hearing impairments etc.).

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Background

Since the 1992 peace agreements which ended 25 years of civil war, Mozambique has experienced a phase of political, economic and administrative reform. The country is rapidly turning around.

Mozambique's economic growth is strongly supported by the international community and private investment, in a favourable political climate. At the end of 2004, the departure of president Chissano who had been in power since 1986, led to political reorganisation. However, this change was illusory with the victory of the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO), which has held power in the country since its independence in 1975.

The government is doing all it can to reduce its dependence on international aid. Nevertheless, the most significant obstacles to establishing stable growth remain the extremely rapid spread of HIV/AIDS, the worrying sanitary situation and the very poor level of education.

Mozambique was, until very recently, one of the most heavily mine-polluted countries in the world. Landmines and explosive remnants of war are a direct threat to populations. They also hinder agriculture and the construction of infrastructure (roads, power lines, railways etc.), and limit the circulation of goods and people. Tourist development and foreign investment are also impacted. By signing the Mine Ban Treaty in 1998, the government committed to ridding the country of mines before 2014. A battle that has recently been won!

Key figures Mozambique - Handicap International
Key figures Mozambique - Handicap International
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Partners

  • Assessing the needs of mine victims

    •  Rede para Assistência às Vitimas de Minas (RAVIM)
    •  Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare
    •  Ministry of Health

    Assistance to mine victims

    •  Mine victim assistance network
    •  Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare, and National institute of social action
    •  Ministry of Labour and National institute of Employment and vocational training
    •  Ministry of Health

    Resilience and social protection

    •  Rede para Assistência às Vítimas de Minas (RAVIM)
    •  Ministries of Gender, Children and Social Welfare, of Health and their regional divisions and districts
    •  Municipalities