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Calls for international support to help rid Angola of landmines

Disarming an anti-personnel landmine in Iraq (MAG)Visiting Cirico, Angola, in late September 2019, Prince Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, made a plea for international support to help with a project to clear landmines from a region of southeastern Angola. He stood on the same spot where 22 years ago his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, walked through a partially-cleared minefield, thus giving the global campaign to ban landmines a major boost. Diana's actions led to the 1997 Ottawa Treaty, later to be signed by 164 countries, which prohibits the use of anti-personnel landmines.


 
An anti-personnel landmine (Reedhawk)

Landmines

A landmine is an explosive device placed on the ground and hidden by leaves or rocks, or buried just under the soil. It is detonated automatically by when someone steps on it or drives over it. There are two main types: anti-tank mines, designed to destroy heavy vehicles and anti-personnel landmines, which are designed to inflict serious injuries on people. 

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