Home » General » JAPAN PROVIDES GRANT TO SUPPORT DEMINING IN ZIMBABWE

HARARE, March 25- The Japanese government has extended a second grant of 853,607 US dollars to an international humanitarian organization involved in land mine clearance, the Halo Trust, to demine the northeastern parts of Zimbabwe.

The Halo Trust is the largest non-governmental organization (NGO) involved in clearing land mines around the world.

Japanese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Yonezo Fukuda and Halo Trust programme manager Tom Dibb signed the contracts formalising the grant here Monday.

The first grant in March last year for 864,153 USD was for surveying the minefields ahead of demining activities.

Zimbabwe is one of the countries most landmine-infested countries in terms of area and density. Land mines have killed more than 1,550 people and injured approximately 2,000 others, while a large number livestock have also been lost.

Land mines killed people from Musengezi to Rwenya, Rushinga and Mukumbura so they were not able to enjoy freedom of movement and expand their fields in constant fear of being blown up.

Rhodesian forces planted the anti-personnel mines along the border between Zimbabwe and Mozambique to deter people from leaving the country to receive military training and returning to fight in the liberation war.

Zimbabwe National Army engineers have been removing the mines albeit at a slow pace because of a lack of resources after donors deserted the country following imposition of sanctions by their governments.

SOURCE: NEW ZIANA

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