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Reference : V-P-ZW-E-00152
Date : 31/10/2013
Country/Region : ZIMBABWE
Caption : Minefield between Crooks Corner and Sango border post. Visit of the Zimbabwean Minister of Defence Dr Sydney Sekeramayi to the minefield.
Photographer : DENDERE, Jesilyn
Person appearing :
SEKERAMAYI, Sydney (Ministre zimbabwéen de la Défense)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : During a visit to the Crooks Corner to Sango border post minefield, the Zimbabwean Minister of Defence Dr Sydney Sekeramayi, the ICRC’s Harare head of regional delegation, senior government officials and army commanders receive a briefing on the size of the minefield and the type of anti-personnel mine typically found in it from the commander of the unit responsible for removing the mines. The white dots on the ground indicate the patterns in which the mines were laid along a 53-kilometre length. After more than 30 years of rain, erosion and other climatic processes, the mines can be very difficult to find and remove.

29-11-2013 Web Feature

More than 30 years after the cessation of fighting along the Zimbabwe/Mozambique border, families and communities living within the 210 square kilometres that make up the region daily suffer the scourge of anti-personnel mines. Since 1980, more than 1,500 people and 120,000 livestock have been killed and 2,000 people have been maimed by mines on the Zimbabwean side of the border. The ICRC and the Zimbabwe Mine Action Centre (ZIMAC) have been working together for the past two years to increase the amount of mine-risk education carried out in communities affected by anti-personnel mines.

ICRC’s work to reduce harm caused by anti-personnel mines in Zimbabwe:

The ICRC has been working with Zimbabwe Mine Action Centre (ZIMAC) to improve the safety, quality and pace of humanitarian demining in the 53-kilometre minefield from Crooks Corner to Sango Border Post in south-east Zimbabwe, on the border with Mozambique.

Since February 2012, 69 deminers have been trained on current international humanitarian mine action standards, and ICRC has also donated 50 sets of mine detection and protective equipment for the use of deminers.

In order to enhance ZIMAC’s ability to provide lifesaving medical services to deminers, 16 medics and one doctor have been trained on trauma response and five medical trauma kits have been donated by the ICRC.

The ICRC has facilitated training on mine risk education for eight ZIMAC staff and donated 5,000 children’s exercise books to schools giving guidance on how to identify and avoid anti-personnel mines.

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