Rwanda Is The First Country To Be Declared Landmine-Free

Surprising, but welcome, news from the BBC:

Rwanda has been declared free of landmines – the first country to achieve this status.

The announcement was made at the Cartagena Summit on a Mine-Free World in Colombia. Hundreds of people have been killed and horrifically injured by landmines in Rwanda.

Landmines were laid between 1990 and 1994 in Rwanda and over the past three years more than over 9,000 have been destroyed by Rwandan soldiers.

Ben Remfrey of the Mines Awareness Trust, which supervised the clearance, says although other countries have had far more mines laid, this is a significant step. “Rwanda has made history by becoming the first country in the world to be officially declared free from landmines,” he told the BBC World Service…

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