Monday, 24 March 2008

Women Join Demining Charge in South Sudan

Filed under: Africa files — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 09:22 PDT

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.

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