For The First Time In 20 Years, Mozambique Is Land Mine Free And It's All Thanks To These Rats

Sep 17, 2015 By John-Michael Bond
Mozambique’s civil war lasted from May 30, 1977 until October 4, 1992. During the bloody conflict roughly 1 million people lost their lives. Millions more were displaced from their homes, and during the struggle Mozambique became one of the most heavily land-mined countries in the world. Once the conflict was over the landmines remained, buried underground, lying in wait for unsuspecting civilians.

Today, Mozambique has declared that they are land mine free for the first time in 20 years. The removal was made possible thanks support from Norwegian People's Aid, APOPO and other mine-clearing organizations, along with one other surprising helper. The secret helper's identity? Rats. Giant, bomb-sniffing rats.

The rats sniffed out the buried mines, allowing proper bomb disposal crews to them safely remove the abandoned weapons. Thanks to the combined efforts of the rats and Norwegian aid over 400,000 landmines have been recovered from Mozambique.
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