Mariam Zaide Amar, 24, de-miner. Pictured in Mehaires, in Polisario controlled Western Sahara (Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic): 'I was born in the refugee camps in 1985. I heard an advertisement on Saharawi National Radio that Landmine Action needed women for de-mining. After hearing it a lot of times I asked my family could I do it, they said I could. I thought it would be a great way to help my people and to clean the land of all the bombs. I went for the interview and there were a lot of girls. When they told me I had got the job I felt very lucky. We wear special clothes and use metal detectors. When I find a mine I mark it and then put TNT around it and attach the detonator, then move back 300m with a cable and blow it up. When I hear of people getting killed by mines I feel sick. We are working in Mehaires now, in the liberated territory, there is a lot of ordnance here, at the moment we are clearing cluster munitions but there are also grenades, missiles, anti-tank mines and anti-personal mines. It will take two years to clear what we have found but the Bedoiun are always telling us about other mines so our work is extended. It will take a very long time to clear all the land, maybe thirty years.'.