Case Studies

Angola

The Khoikhoi Tribe in Southern Angola
Mucundi village in southern Angola is the new home of the Khoikhoi tribe, the first pastoralist people indigenous to Southern Africa. In the !Kung dialect, ‘Khoikhoi’ translates as ‘the real peo ...
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Caiundo in Cuando Cubango Province
Caiundo is a small town next to a bridge that during the war was strategically important; Cuban forces laid a huge, dense minebelt to protect the bridge (which was destroyed in spite of their efforts) ...
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Cuito Cuanavale - Kuando Kubango Province
On a recent Thursday afternoon, while his little sister Tina held her mother’s hand and hid shyly behind a tall white stick, Daniel Antonio posed proudly with his family on their farm. The result is ...
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Cunhinga - Bie Province
Cunhinga is a small town on the Benguela railway 15km from Kuito, the provincial capital. It controlled the approaches to Kuito from UNITA’s main base in Andulo, and accordingly was heavily mined ...
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Santo Antonio - Huambo Province
Children play just 20 meters from a minefield in which three people have hit or trodden on mines within the last six months of 2009; one is seriously injured, one has recovered, the other died. The m ...
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Kunhinga - Bie Province
“We didn’t know we had built our houses on a minefield”. Fortunately, it was just a metallic “clink”. The sound of the edge of an enxada (hoe) hitting a buried landmine. Alfonso Jose, a ...
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Londuimbali Huambo Province
You would be hard pressed to find a more scenic town in Angola than Londuimbali. Londuimbali is located on a main East-West highway, 90km northwest of HALO’s operational headquarters in the provinci ...
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Nagorno Karabakh

Norashenik Village Project
Make Norashenik village safe from cluster bombs - amount required: $11,000Norashenik Village, in Lachin Region, was hit by a cluster bomb strike during the war. A few years ago, Virab Shaboian found a ...
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Clearance of agricultural land contaminated with anti-tank mines near Vazgenashen Village
In 2010 HALO cleared of anti-tank (AT) mines 28 hectares of agricultural land near Vazgenashen village, Martuni region, which had been mined during the war. In 1994, following the end of the war, two ...
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A safe mulberry harvest in Amaras
In 2010 HALO cleared an anti-tank (AT) minefield that had been laid within a mulberry orchard during the war in the area of Amaras, Martuni region. The mines were laid in the passes between the trees ...
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Clearance of Vazgenashen Village of cluster munition
In 2010 HALO cleared Vazgenashen village, Martuni region, of buried cluster munitions. To the 65 families of Vazgenashen the agricultural plots around village and their kitchen gardens are vital for ...
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Clearance of a minefield in Martuni Region
"Before a landmine killed my husband he used to say, 'Even though the war is over, it isn’t over because of the mines and ammunition left behind." Luda was married to her husband, Amirbar Sarkissia ...
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Somaliland

Clearing mines around another village well, following six accidents
HALO has just set up their remote camp with two teams of deminers at Salaxey which is about 30km south of Hargeisa. The town and surrounding area is mined, as there was a Somali National Army military ...
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A school and vital well are built after HALO's clearance
Arrayambo is on the main road 27km west of Hargeisa. Anti-tank mines were laid both sides of the road by the SNA (Somaliland National Army) 20 years ago to protect the movement of the SNM (Somaliland ...
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Orange groves and vegetables - aspects of Somaliland rarely appreciated in the West
We travelled for nearly three hours directly north of Hargeisa over sandy, stone and tarmac roads to a beautiful river valley area. The vegetation is lush with mango trees growing on the river banks, ...
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Sri Lanka

Mirusivil
In 2006 life changed dramatically for Rajaratnam Balaratnam’s family and their neighbours. Mirusivil, once a bustling village on the A9 highway between Jaffna and the rest of Sri Lanka, became a ke ...
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Kachi Jetty - Kilaly Coast
Kachai Jetty, on the Jaffna lagoon, sits at the north-west end of a dense minefield which runs 7.5 kilometers along the shore to Kilaly in Kilinochchi District, the site of the former front line betwe ...
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One Year On...
Small businesses and public services flourish on ground cleared by HALO Skandapruram village. A year after resettlement began, Skandapuram in Kilinochchi District is now a thriving village home to 2, ...
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Cambodia

Chroeng Chas School
Chroeng Chas is a remote village of just under 600 people, with little infrastructure and no access to education, on the old colonial road in Otdar Meanchey Province, northern Cambodia. Back in 2008 ...
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Doun Saur Village
During 2010 HALO cleared three tasks in Doun Saur Village, Otdar Meanchey Province: a three kilometer stretch of old colonial road and two sites adjacent to the road where families are literally livin ...
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Andung Thma Road
In December 2009 HALO was requested by the Pailin District administration to clear along the route of a proposed new road which will run north from Andong Thma village. The road project is part of Ca ...
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Ou Svay Village
Ou Svay village, in Otdar Meanchey Province, is yet another prime example of Cambodia’s internal migration to the northwest. Just four years ago the area of Ou Svay village pictured below was woodla ...
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Mozambique

Cahora Bassa Minefields
Patience and her sister Inasio live in the village of Caronga near the hydroelectric dam of Cahora Bassa. During the dam’s construction the colonial Portuguese army laid a mine belt around both t ...
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Nhabirira 2 - Minefield
Masquite Jim, the Village Chief of Nhabirira, is now growing maize on land where HALO conducted mineclearance. Masquite Jim said “before we feared to walk here, you’ve done a good job”.HALO mine ...
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Pylon 183
‘’Rogerio Area Segura’ is three months old. His mother Natalia lives is the neighbourhood of São Damasio in the outskirts of Maputo in a small house close to electricity pylon 183. There are 20 ...
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Chicamba Dam Minefield
Chicamba Dam Minefield hicamba primary school is 100m from a 2km long minefield. This mine line was laid by Government troops to protect the dam and hydroelectric infrastructure from sabotage. Incred ...
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