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Angola: Minefields and Diamonds

Postby Ozymandias » Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:59 pm

I'm just back from a two week trip around the lesser visited parts of Angola. Spent my first week touring the HALO Trust de-mining facilities in the south-east of the country, second week up in the north-east on the border with the Congo, where all the diamonds come from!

Week 1 (Minefields): https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... b21cf13723

Week 2 (Diamonds): https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... b27634e22f

I might write something about it eventually, but in the mean time, if anyone wants any information just let me know!

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The locals in Kuito!
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Re: Angola: Minefields and Diamonds

Postby coldharvest » Sun Apr 08, 2012 2:46 pm

nice one
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Re: Angola: Minefields and Diamonds

Postby Mikethehack » Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:58 pm

Did you bring back any diamonds?
Or raid the cemeteries for kid's skulls for your mantelpiece?
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Re: Angola: Minefields and Diamonds

Postby Chimborazo » Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:27 pm

Excellent...thank you for sharing those.
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Postby ReptilianKittenEater » Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:38 pm

Great pics! Who was the N'Gola? Not every day you see a zebra being taken out in someone's living room.
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Re: Angola: Minefields and Diamonds

Postby nowonmai » Sat Apr 14, 2012 2:34 am

Can't believe HALO trust is still milking it all these years on, still providing raison d'etres for earnest lost souls while the locals re-seed the minefields to keep the cash cow mooing. Mines are like so last century dude.
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Re: Angola: Minefields and Diamonds

Postby pax » Wed Aug 22, 2012 2:56 am

Thanks for sharing. How would I get started preparing and planning for such a trip?
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Re: Angola: Minefields and Diamonds

Postby Ozymandias » Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:11 pm

Erm...it would take a while!

You'd need a contact within the NGO as I doubt they'd be happy just showing a random around a minefield. Also, getting into Angola is a nightmare, as you will see from all the posts on visa issues somewhere like the Thorn Tree Forum. You need a sponsor at this end sorting things out, sending letters of invitation etc. This is a very difficult place to travel around as an independent visitor. PM me if you're serious about visiting and I'll give some more detailed advice, but it will be a long, expensive process.
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Postby stealth1 » Thu Aug 30, 2012 7:47 am

Nice shots.
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Postby pax » Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:39 am

Still can't PM, or even reply. Trying to increase my participation.....
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Re: Angola: Minefields and Diamonds

Postby Ultra Swain » Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:13 pm

pax wrote:Still can't PM, or even reply. Trying to increase my participation.....


You haven't even had your welcome aboard flame session yet. We are dropping the ball alot these days.
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Postby coldharvest » Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:09 am

pax wrote:Still can't PM, or even reply. Trying to increase my participation.....

try to increase your participation by not constantly fuckin' writing how your going to increase your participation.
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Re: Angola: Minefields and Diamonds

Postby coldharvest » Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:10 am

Ultra Swain wrote:We are dropping the ball alot these days.

...please don't worry.
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Re: Angola: Minefields and Diamonds

Postby Ultra Swain » Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:50 pm

coldharvest wrote:
Ultra Swain wrote:We are dropping the ball alot these days.

...please don't worry.


As co absentee slumlord of this forum I must apologize and I shall endeavor to better char the zeros and help the heroes.
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Re: Angola: Minefields and Diamonds

Postby coldharvest » Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:11 am

Ultra Swain wrote:
coldharvest wrote:
Ultra Swain wrote:We are dropping the ball alot these days.

...please don't worry.


As co absentee slumlord of this forum I must apologize and I shall endeavor to better char the zeros and help the heroes.

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