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Traces of War

0407 The road from the Juba office to the project site in Lainya County is often blocked. This is because an international NGO is overseeing the removal of landmines that have been planted in the roadside during the war. Lainya is an area where there were intense battles between the Sudanese army and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. Therefore, even three years after the end of the war, the people’s lives are threatened by the innumerable neglected landmines and unexploded bombshells that remain hidden. 

In the past, when such road blockages occurred, I was impatient thinking ‘The meeting time at the project site is drawing nearer!’ However, the removal of such landmines is an indispensable component in the revival of Sudan. Therefore, until such tasks are completed, I drink juice, taking a break with the driver and other staff members, waiting patiently until we can drive through again.

April 10, 2008 in South Sudan |