Angola is one of the world’s most heavily land-mined countries after Afghanistan and Iraq. No one really knows how many land mines are buried in Angola; top end estimates are one mine for every man, woman and child in Angola. More Angolans and expatriates are now travelling outside of Luanda to explore the beautiful countryside that Angola has to offer, but land mines are unquestionably present in many parts of the country.
The Angola Field Group invites you a presentation on Mines Awareness & Safety at the Viking Club, Thursday February 11, 8:00 PM. The presentation will discuss how to recognize land mines (anti-personal and anti-tank), what do do if you inadvertently drive into a land mine field and other safety aspects related to this problem which will plague Angola for years. Experts estimate it will take another 14 years to make Angola land mine safe (not land mine free).
Our presenter Danny Kavanagh is Country Programme Manager for MAG Angola, the organization presently de-mining in Moxico province. Danny joined the British Army at age 16 in the Corps of the Royal Military Police and served for 24 years including in Iraq. He has been with MAG for the past 5 years in Iraq, Sudan, DRC, Chad, Sri Lanka and Angola. MAG is a British-based Non Governmental Organization based in Manchester, UK, founded in 1989 and has had de-mining operations in over 35 countries.
Everybody is welcome to attend this presentation. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are sold at the bar, $3.00 each. For sale, books about Angola, in English and hand woven baskets from Moxico plus other crafts produced by non profit organizations. For address and location map of the Viking Club visit this sites’s Join Us page.