QUẢNG TRỊ Fastening her bucket hat and carefully tucking her khaki chinos into her boots, Nguyễn Thị Thuỷ does a final check before stepping into a bare plot of sandy land.
A normal summer day in the coastal commune of Hải An, Hải Lăng District, Quảng Trị Province is scorching. Work needs to start early in the morning to avoid the unbearable heat.
In her hand, a small metal detector keeps buzzing as she swings it slowly over the land, inch by inch.
If it starts beeping, Thuỷ will mark the location with a red flag and her team members will help remove a newly-found bomb and destroy it by the end of the day. Continue reading “Post-war desire for peace keeps burning in Quảng Trị”