Thursday, September 15, 2016

DANGER LIES BENEATH


For a few fleeting years after South Sudan's independence in 2011, the most dangerous part of daily life was the presence of thousands of unexploded land mines throughout the new country. You can purchase and bury one for a dime, but it will cost you $1,000 to remove it.  

After independence, highly-specialized mine removal teams worked slowly and cautiously, clearing only a small patch of land per day. 

But now, those teams cannot work.  Another danger has displaced them: war.  People are again running through the bush (where the mines lurk unseen) to escape the violence and the killing that can be seen.  No place is safe.

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