Aid Worker Safeguards Her Community in Contaminated Land


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(UNOCHA) Farzona, a 25-year-old mother of three and a midwife in training, serves as an explosive ordnance risk education (EORE) trainer in Afghanistan, where explosive hazards rank as the second leading cause of civilian casualties. Despite facing hurdles, including financial strain and societal restrictions on women, Farzona, alongside her husband, educates communities, particularly women and girls, on identifying and avoiding explosive threats. Operating within Afghanistan's constraints, she conducts EORE trainings and offers informal midwifery counsel.

However, she grapples with job insecurity due to reduced funding and worries about her daughters' limited education opportunities. Despite challenges, Farzona remains committed to empowering women through education and navigating the delicate balance between societal restrictions and security concerns in her humanitarian efforts.

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Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 15, 2024

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