The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political Military Affairs will provide $2 million in new assistance to help Mozambique safeguard its citizens from abandoned landmines and unexploded munitions remaining from decades of conflict.
The award, announced October 19 in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, will fund survey and clearance teams from The HALO Trust, a United Kingdom-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) and leading U.S. humanitarian demining partner. These HALO teams will survey all villages across six districts of Maputo Province as well as conduct re-survey and clearance of priority minefields in Maputo, Manica and Tete.
Since the 1992 Rome General Peace Accords ended nearly 30 years of civil conflict, the United States has provided Mozambique more than $47 million in assistance under the U.S. Humanitarian Mine Action program, a joint effort by the Department of State, Department of Defense, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. U.S. Humanitarian Mine Action has contributed to significant reductions in casualties from mines and explosive remnants of war, and is one of many ways the United States is demonstrating its commitment to peace and stability in the region.
Since 1993, the United States has been the world’s leading contributor to post-conflict efforts to remove landmines and unexploded munitions around the globe, delivering more than $1.4 billion in aid to nearly 50 counties worldwide. The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement manages both humanitarian mine action programs and conventional weapons destruction programs worldwide. To learn more, visit http://www.state.gov/t/pm/wra/