National Geographic Live Damien Mander & Vimbai Kumire: Akashinga – The Brave Ones
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National Geographic Live Damien Mander & Vimbai Kumire: Akashinga – The Brave OnesDamien Mander spent his early 20s in the Royal Australian Navy, risking his life to protect others—first as a Naval clearance diver, then as a special operations sniper in an elite hostage recovery unit. By 2009, burned out after three years in Iraq, he bought a one-way ticket to Africa for his next mission: applying military solutions to the fight against poachers.
Instead, he found himself forming the first all-female ranger unit in Zimbabwe: Akashinga (“the brave ones”). The recruits were survivors of domestic violence, single mothers, abandoned wives, and AIDS orphans. The instructors were skeptical, but the results spoke for themselves—and along the way, opinions and stereotypes were rapidly altered. At the forefront of the team is Vimbai Kumire, a single mother who now leads the team across Africa’s poaching frontline.
Be inspired not only by Mander’s incredible journey from special forces to conservation, but also by the bravery and tenacity of Kumire and her squad as they protect Africa’s ecosystems from poachers.
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