MAG America Executive Director, Jennifer Lachman, addresses the unique challenges in that country. "The fact that people are actually living in suspected hazardous areas and we essentially have to clear inside of people's homes is an appalling indicator of the extent of contamination," she said."Despite the civil war in Angola ending ten years ago, it is one of the most desperate situations we have seen."
In December 2012 at the 12 th Meeting of States Parties to the Ottawa Convention, Santana Andre Pitra Petroff, Chairman of the Inter-sectoral Demining and Humanitarian Assistance Commission in Angola, reiterated the need for a 5-year extension to formulate a plan to meet obligations as a signatory to the Ottawa Convention to remove all the landmine contamination in Angola, fuelled by United States and former Soviet Union interests as an extension of the Cold War. "It is common knowledge that Angola was one of the most mined countries in Africa and the Angolan people still thinks that the anti-personnel minescontinueto be violators of the basic political, civil, cultural and socio-economic development of the country," he said.
MAG America is determined to improve the humanitarian crisis within this country through the continued commitment to removing the deadly remnants of conflict that put the lives and future of Angolans in danger.
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SOURCE MAG America