Meet the Afghan women taking their country back—one land mine at a time


SUMMARY: As she combed through the red soil of her native Bamiyan province this August, 22-year-old Layegha Marfat felt her demining probe knock against something metallic. She carefully set down her tools and began to unearth a corner of the dinner plate-sized object by hand. It’s innocuous to the untrained eye, but Marfat immediately recognized the danger. It is a Soviet-era anti-personnel mine.

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Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 13, 2020

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