Begun in 2019, the Saharawi Mine Action Team is an association of women engaged in demining activities along the Moroccan-built sand wall that runs from Mauritania through Western Sahara to Morocco, and along Morocco’s border with Algeria. The territory remains the longest continuously mined area in the world, estimated to hold between seven and ten million landmines. The Saharawi people, caught up in decades of territorial struggle over Western Sahara, still wait to return to their lands, occupied by Morocco since 1974. Among them, these women work tirelessly for mine reduction and to help the families of those who have been killed or injured.

See them in action and hear why they chose this dangerous work.