‘Making our home safe again’: meet the women who clear land mines


After decades of war, more and more women are working to remove lethal mines and IEDs from the fields and cities of their homelands. It’s dangerous, but it’s helping to rebuild their lives.

The job of a deminer used to be considered “men’s work”, partly because of the danger and partly because of the physical demands – it is slow and arduous. But this view is changing. Khider is now overseeing a mixed-sex team of 14 members. Her work begins at 5am, when she arrives at the MAG base to get instructions and meet her team. They then drive to a contaminated village and clear mines until around 2pm.

Out in the field, every step Khider takes is fraught with danger, but each one takes her closer to the Sinjar she dreamed of in her childhood; one that’s peaceful and free of mines.

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Source: The Guardian