"I have seen people blown up by landmines before, firsthand… In every conflict that I’ve ever covered, landmines are an issue. It’s just a menace that never goes away."
— Brent Stirton, Reportage photographer, on documenting landmine cleanup efforts in Mozambique.
Having experienced an 11-year war of liberation, a civil war and the armed violence of its neighboring countries, Mozambique was one of the most heavily landmined countries in the world. The organization HALO Trust has cleared over 22,700 anti-personnel mines and reclaimed over 500,000 square meters of land as the country tries to become landmine-free by the end of 2014. See an interview with Brent about Mozambique’s landmine problem and its cleanup initiative by clicking here.
In late 2013 and early 2014, five of our Reportage photographers undertook a group project, commissioned by the ICRC, to document landmines, cluster munitions, and unexploded remnants of war. For this project, Brent Stirton worked in Mozambique, Veronique de Viguerie in Bosnia, Marco Di Lauro in Iraq, Sebastian Liste in Nicaragua, and Paula Bronstein in Laos. Watch this space in the following week for videos about landmine clearance in these other countries.
You can also view still images from this project as published recently by CNN.com.