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By Rick Scavetta, U.S. Army Africa
BUJUMBURA, Burundi – Under the shade of a tree, Pvt. Avlerie Mdayimiye cleans her Kalashnikov assault rifle and chats with fellow infantry soldiers about their upcoming peacekeeping deployment to Somalia.
One of two women in her battalion, Mdayimiye reflects on her decision to join the infantry with pride.
“I want to support my nation and to help other people,” she said.
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