Humanitarian Disarmament in Zimbabwe
Landmines in Zimbabwe were laid in the 1970’s during its war for independence.
The mine problem is concentrated to 5 known areas along the Mozambique border. The scope of the problem is massive with more than 2 million landmine laid on approximately 500km2 of minefields. According to The Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor report (2011) there have been over 1,500 reported landmine casualties to date in Zimbabwe. Those most affected by landmines are often the poorest in the country. The contamination limits access to safe and clean drinking water, agricultural and grazing land, safe cross border interaction and commercial developmental programmes.
MBT : state party; clearance deadline: 1 January 2015.
CCM : not a state party.
Norwegian People's Aid's (NPA) Humanitarian Disarmament Programme in Zimbabwe was established in 2012, and operations began in early 2013. NPA was tasked with 3 of the 5 known mined areas in Zimbabwe for survey and clearance . In addition to supporting with other capacity building efforts. NPA was the first international humanitarian demining operator to work in Zimbabwe.
NPA is currently operating on both sides of the Zimbabwe/Mozambique border providing a unique portal of information.
NPA is one of only two international operators in Zimbabwe.
Norwegian People’s Aid is in a partnership with organizations at a local and national level in Zimbabwe, as well as at a regional level in Southern Africa.