One Step Beyond – Angola – People – Rosa Mufuca
It all happened on the way to my fields. I came to an intersection and there I stepped on a mine. That was on October 10, two years ago. It was very hot.
There is a ditch which leads to Sacassange, which in turn leads to the Mussimoge River. If you follow the ditch you cross over the river. From there you can also see a dam. There is the dam. When you cross the river you get to a road, which leads to my farm. First there is my mother's field. She was working there on that day. Then there is one of mine. But I did not stay there. I wanted to work in another field, which was a little further up. So I went on.
Suddenly I felt as if I was flying. No sooner than that, I fell. It happened at this intersection from where a road leads directly into the village.
I was brave, tearing up my shirt and bandaging myself with it. And then I began to cry for help as loud as I could. But I only managed to call out twice. My body began to feel weak. I lost hope and stopped shouting. But my mother was the most courageous in this rescue! My mother heard me. She came running from her field and lifted me onto her back.
We walked a while until we met my brother-in-law, who brought a bicycle to whisk me to Luena. He took me with him on the bike. But I was in great pain because my leg was completely torn up.
So we stopped. Many people came to help me. My husband was also there. They told him the news at the river plot where he was working. The people joined two bicycles together to transport me.
My husband got on one of the bicycles and we rode like this in the direction of Luena. We passed by my house. It is here, really close to the ditch. We rode to a large tree where we stopped. There he gave me an injection before we continued on to the hospital.
There is a ditch which leads to Sacassange, which in turn leads to the Mussimoge River. If you follow the ditch you cross over the river. From there you can also see a dam. There is the dam. When you cross the river you get to a road, which leads to my farm.