We're APOPO and with the help of some giant rats we just helped clear Mozambique of all landmines! Ask us anything!
We're a non-profit called APOPO and we’re thrilled that Mozambique was officially declared free of all known landmines yesterday! It was predicted that it would take between 50-100 years to clear Mozambique but we did it in just 22!
This massive accomplishment wouldn't have been possible without the tremendous efforts of our brave deminers and HeroRATs and our team was very proud to join the celebrations yesterday in Maputo.
My name is Tess and I am APOPO’s Africa Director for Mine Action. Before joining APOPO, I worked for the operations section of the Geneva International Center of Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), and contributed my technical field experience to the land release methodology. I’ve 11 years of experience in Mine Action operations in Africa, in both humanitarian and commercial sectors. I’m joined by our Online Development Manager, Robin Toal, also known as /u/APOPO_Robin. Ask us anything!
EDIT: Tess has had to disappear so you're stuck with me, /u/APOPO_Robin, from here on out. For the sake of visibility I'm going to take over Tess's account.
EDIT 2: If you enjoy science you can read all of our published research into scent detection technology (HeroRATs!) here - https://www.apopo.org/en/contact/press/publications
EDIT 3: Thanks everyone for your questions and support, it's been a blast. I'll be back in the morning to answer any remaining questions. Remember, HeroRATs never die.
Our demining team in Mozambique (including the HeroRATs!) cleared 13,274 landmines and returned 11,124,446 square metres of land (the equivalent of 46,106 houses in the US) for safe and productive use.
APOPO has helped rid five provinces of landmines, returning safe land back to local communities to live, work, farm and play without fear. Most households in these areas are headed by smallholder farmers who have not been able to use the land to grow crops and sustain their livestock for decades, until APOPO arrived to clear and release the area.
APOPO will remain in the country at the request of the National Institute of Demining (IND), to continue providing technical expertise and capacity for any residual or remaining clearance work such as the former ammunitions store now known as the Malhazine Ecological Park, which Mozambique’s Ministry of Environment is transforming into a nature reserve, educational and tourism centre.
If anyone can help us out with getting /r/herorats going we'd love your help.
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