Detecting Landmines

APOPO's Mine Detection Rats are integrated into existing methods to vastly speed up mine clearance

Why landmines

Landmines not only cause tragic accidents, they are a barrier to development, constraining communities and denying access to fertile land, travel routes and basic needs. APOPO’s HeroRATs are too light to detonate the landmines and are very quick at finding them, making them a perfect “tool” for speeding up detection and clearance.

About landmines

Stories: Charya

"When I was playing in my fathers fields I climbed a tree to hide from my brother. When I looked down I saw a strange metal thing sticking up from the roots..."

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Using an integrated approach of survey, machines and metal detectors, plus the mine detection rats, APOPO and partners quickly release safe land so that people can get their lives back on track.

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Landmine detection - Where we work

APOPO’s mine action teams have set foot in eight countries that suffered from the legacy of past conflicts and are currently operational in Angola, Cambodia and Mozambique

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