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22 August 2017 13:04 (South Africa)

Rwanda first country to be declared mine-free

Rwanda is to become the first country to be declared free of landmines, after some 9,000 mines laid between 1990 and 1994 (the year the genocide occurred) have been destroyed by special units of the country’s army. Other nations across the world have seen far more mines laid, but this is a significant step, because Rwanda is tiny, is Africa’s most densely populated nation, and 80% of the population earn a living by farming. The de-mining has had a big social and economic impact, as many people were prevented from being able to live from the land. Angola and Mozambique, who struggle with landmines after their long civil wars, will be watching closely.

Read more: BBC, JSTOR

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