Landmines Hamper Progress of International Park in Africa

If you thought trying to get snowmobiles out of national parks was hard, try landmines. Zimbabwe’s portion of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, an international wilderness that stretches into South Africa and Mozambique, is littered with landmines from the nation’s liberation wars in the 1970s. Getting rid of them would cost millions — money Zimbabwe doesn’t have and is unlikely to be able to borrow, due to its reputation as a bad debtor. The lack of funds won’t stop the project from going forward in the other two countries and in landmine-free areas, but it will prevent Zimbabwe from reaping any benefit from a park designed, in part, to promote tourism and bolster sagging economies.