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Manuel Alberto Chauque - Mozambique

Manuel Alberto Chauque was born on the December 1966 in a small village in southern Mozambique. He completed primary school in his village, where he also helped look after the family herd of cows (63 head) along with the other boys. He later completed his basic education in the capital city of Maputo.

In 1984, he began his compulsory military service, where he earned the rank of Chief of Battalion Operations. In May, 1987, during one of the operations during the civil war Chaque lost his left leg when he stepped on an anti-personnel mine.

After his accident, Chaque helped in the creation of ADEMIMO, or the Mozambican Association of Disabled Soldiers, and began working on anti-landmine activities. In 1993, Chaque helped survey and collect 100,000 signatures on a petition to encourage the government to ban landmines. It was through this effort, and from working with ADEMIMO, Handicap International, and other NGOs that the Mozambican Campaign Against Mines (CMCM) was born.

Chaque was soon elected Secretary General of ADEMIMO, where he was responsible for developing and managing the programs of ADEMIMO, assisting with the physical rehabilitation of soldiers, and representing Mozambican veterans at many international conferences and seminars.

Chauque, which is the name he is most known by, is married and has 3 children. He is currently the Director of LSN-Mozambique.

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