MILE 38, Sudan – Seven months pregnant Opayi Mary stands half a meter away from a mine made expressly to blow anything over 3 kg to pieces. For her, it’s just part of a day’s work.
Mary leads an all-female team of deminers working for Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) in one of south Sudan’s most dangerous areas: the civil war battlefield Mile 38.
The location, 38 miles from the southern capital Juba, was on the frontline in a decades-long conflict between mainly Christian and animist southern rebels and the Islamist government in Khartoum.(...more)