Chip Taylor Communications

Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

African Studies Series

A series of documentaries that offers in-depth studies on the geography, history, culture and people of various African countries; also informative perspectives on significant contemporary issues are addressed. Series: 15 programs (15 to 60 minutes). Click for more

Angola: Landmines - Seeds of the Devil

Angola: Landmines - Seeds of the Devil

"Recommended. This is a clear, effective and disturbing program. Here we learn that as a result of the civil war in Angola, an estimated 10,000,000 landmines have been planted by both sides of the conflict. The result is a country with 70,000 amputees. A country ill-equipped to deal with such large number of injuries." -EMRO Review
Angola is a country in south-central Africa; it is the second-largest petroleum and diamond producer in sub-Saharan Africa; however, its people remain among the poorest on the continent. After the end of the war for independence from Portugal in 1975, the Angolan Civil War began and lasted until a ceasefire in 2002 - this prolonged war led to a serious humanitarian crisis. There is still guerrilla fighting for independence in the northern part of Cabinda; also there are millions of landmines throughout the country. As this historic program reveals, landmines disabled hundreds of people a week; also similar numbers of people were killed, but the deaths went unreported. Children are highly vulnerable victims; here we meet two, Daniel and Antonia, who reveal their feelings through sensitive questioning. We learn a peacetime army of mine-clearers tries to clear the fields so people can get on with cultivating desperately needed food, but in dealing with such deadly work, progress is slow and danger lays buried everywhere. Produced by Journeyman Pictures. 02/08DE JSCA 40 min.

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