It's about 40 degrees, dark, and somber at 5 a.m. as deminers from The Halo Trust line up for the morning 'parade' -- their daily meeting.
Today is the final day of demining operations in Cuito Cuanavale, as lack of funding is forcing the shutdown of operations.
Some of these men have been working to clear these minefield for 10 years, and the shutdown not only means the threat of landmines remains, but the men will be out of jobs -- a scarce opportunity in remote Angola.
The main road here was cleared of mines and paved only a few years ago. But much of the country remains unpaved because of landmine danger. We head out through deep sandy paths winding through thick brush to the minefield outside of Cuito Cuanavale.
In much of Angola, people live off the land, in close proximity to these dangerous minefields.
With little infrastructure or modern conveniences, all that's available are the minimal resources that are necessary for survival, and getting them means navigating the deadly hidden mines, remnants of 27 years of civil war.
Landmine clearance allows people to farm their land safely and provide for their families.
More nontraditional munitions include improvised explosives, such as this discovery of what appears to be a rocket, a rifle-mounted grenade and TNT all rigged with a red detonation cord and likely connected to another mine or a trip wire.
More than 70 different types of landmines manufactured in 22 different countries have been found in Angola. Often, the explosives buried in the ground will be combinations of different mines, TNT and other improvised explosive devices.
Here, bunches of white-tipped sticks mark a spot where mines had been clustered together to inflict maximum damage.
Twenty years ago, England's Princess Diana brought attention to the dangers of landmines when she walked through a minefield in Huambo, Angola. CNET Reporters Dara Kerr and Rich Nieva, along with Gerhard Zank of the Halo Trust, now stand in the same place where she walked. This area now has a school, hotel and rows of houses.