Too many people have lost a limb or lost their lives to landmines.
Thousands of children have been crippled by landmines left over from the war.
It is estimated that as many as 25,000 people in Angola have been permanently disabled by landmines.
Over 25,000 people have lost an arm or a leg to landmines in Angola, but the country is so poor that only a lucky few receive artificial limbs.
In March of 1999, more than 130 nations signed a United Nations Treaty banning landmines, however, the United States, Russia and China did not sign.
Many farmers in the African nation of Angola are reluctant to return to their fields because of the many landmines which remain from the country’s civil war.
They can still explode after years so their effect can be compared to landmines.
The Kurdish fighters believe they will encounter hundreds of landmines and booby traps.
Williams and the International Campaign to Ban landmines won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997.
In addition, the two have reached a side agreement on removing landmines from the battlefield.