"At first my sisters were very afraid of me going to work in a place where I could get my arms or legs blown off. They asked me ‘is this where you are going to work?’ And I said ‘yes, I am going to face it.' After I did my training I felt so strong. Now my sisters have seen the good training I’ve had they are happy for me to do this job.
I think it is important that we women are clearing the landmines, that we are leaving the fields free for animals and so we can use the land. It is good that we are leaving this community of Kanenguerere safe and free from mines. I do not remember the war as I was only a small baby, but my older sister, Marta, has told me that because of the fighting, we had to abandon our house in Lobito and run away. She said we children were at home alone because our parents were at work when suddenly the bombs started falling. Our father came running home and put us in the car and we escaped to Biopio. We were not able to return home for many years, until the fighting ended."