Clearing Mines and Rebuilding Lives After Conflict


After losing her leg to a land mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2016, Justine Nabuko wondered if she would still lead a meaningful life. She suffered discrimination and lost her job as a teacher.

Now as vice president of the Victimes des Mines en Action Association, Nabuko helps other land mine survivors regain their independence. Started with support from the U.S. government, the organization teaches carpentry, entrepreneurship and other skills to help land mine survivors find work.

“People with disabilities can live full and meaningful lives, and be valued, if only given the opportunity,” Nabuko says in the State Department’s 20th annual To Walk the Earth in Safety report issued April 5. “Now I can hold my head high because I am contributing to my family and my community.”

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Source: The Good Men Project