French Women Soldiers Scale Mt. Kilimanjaro For Victims Of War
Five French Female Soldiers Climbed Africa’s Tallest Peak Raising More Than $11,400 For Victims Of War
by Heather Cassell
Five French women soldiers and one survivor of war scaled Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money to support victims of war.
The women who climbed in their uniforms, except for Cecile Trompette, who was a victim of war, made it to the mountain’s summit following a seven day trek April 10.
Many victims of war across the world are neglected, says Aurore Fintz, an officer cadet from the French Military Academy School of Saint Cyr, who was a team leader. They never have a chance to be in the spotlight, she tells eTurbo News.
French Military Academy School of Saint Cyr is one of the foremost French military academies.
“We have successfully accomplished seven days tedious hike to the top of Kilimanjaro Mountain to raise Euro 10,000 ($11,400) for the war victims back home,” says Aurore.
The trek up the mountain wasn’t a “soft journey,” even for trained soldiers, the women tell eTurbo News. They made it with the assistance of their guides from Congema Safaris in Tanzania.
Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s tallest peak jetting upward 19,341 feet into the African sky and it is the world’s tallest freestanding mountain.
“The Mount Kilimanjaro summit was hard, but Congema Safaris’ guides encouraged us and helped us a lot. We will always cherish this great team,” says Aurore.
Victor Manyanga, the tour leader, says that he enjoyed supporting the female combatant group accomplish their goal to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and raise money for their cause.
“It wasn’t a challenge to trek because the soldiers are highly disciplined as they follow instructions,” says Victor. “We honestly enjoyed to serve the group.”
Costantine Ngelengi Malembela, CEO of Congema Safaris, agrees.
“We did the best to attend the group, bearing in mind that it is the service that always make a tourist not only come back, but to be an ambassador back home,” says Constantine.
The decade old safari company is based in Arusha, a gateway city for African safari destinations, and has a core of 10 employees and many contractors who take guests on treks to Zanzabar, known as the spice island, and through the Serengeti National Park and up Mount Kilimanjaro.
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