I joined HALO to help my country when I heard that Angola still has many minefields. All my family was affected by the war. Many had to leave their homes, we were all separated. One of my uncles disappeared and we do not know what happened to him. He has never been found. My grandmother was injured, she was attacked with a machete, her arm has not worked properly since.
“The way people look at me now, they respect me for what I am doing.”
Inês Tembo Chilumbo Chipuco, deminer, HALO Angola
As the shadows lengthen, Inês races up the make-shift football pitch in the camp’s hotly contested weekly football match. This is where HALO Angola's Women in Demining live for three weeks at a time as they work to clear the landmines in the remote hills of Benguela. Bursting with energy, Inês embraces life and its challenges head on. Mother to four-year-old Pedro, she is proud that her job with HALO means she is now able to support her whole family and contribute to Angola’s future.
Photos by Scout Tufankjian