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Women can clear mines too

Although Norwegian People’s Aid consciously encourages the recruitment of women to its mine-action programmes, it is not always that easy. In Iraq, many female deminers meet resistance from both family and friends, and from within the clearance teams themselves.

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Abeer, the first female team leader in NPA's mine-clearance programme in the Kurdish region of Iraq, with fellow female deminers in Anbar Governorate.
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ISIL has left behind enormous quantities of improvised mines and explosive devices in northern and central Iraq.