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French female combatant trek Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for war victims

Emmy Kimaro, eTN Tanzania Correspondent  Apr 10, 2016

Five women in uniform from France have trekked the African summit - the Kilimanjaro Mountain in northern Tanzania - in a bid to raise funds for soldier victims of war.

The female soldiers, including a victim of war, Cecile Trompette, were from the foremost French military academy of Saint-Cyr.

“We have successfully accomplished seven-days tedious hike to the top of Kilimanjaro Mountain to raise Euro 10,000 for the war victims back home” says officer cadet from French Military Academy School of Saint Cyr, Aurore Fintz.

According to her, there are so many neglected soldiers victims of war across the world and they never have a chance to be in the spotlight.

Ms Eurore, who was a team leader, was grateful to the Tanzania’s conservation drive, vowing to encourage her colleagues in uniform to visit the country and appreciate the beauty and the world heritage attractions.

Though they made it to the peak about 5,895 metres above the see level, the soldiers confessed that the trekking wasn’t a soft journey, praising their tour guides from Congema safaris, for their competence.

“The Mount Kilimanjaro summit was hard, but Congema safaris guides encouraged us and helped us a lot. We will always cherish this great team” Ms Eurore explains.

Tour leader, Victor Manyanga says his team enjoyed support the female combatant to accomplish their lifetime mission of hiking the World’s tallest free standing mountain of Kilimanjaro to raise funds for humanitarian support.

“It wasn’t a challenge to trek because the soldiers are highly disciplined as they follow instructions. We honestly enjoyed to serve the group” Mr Manyanga explains.

Congema Safaris CEO, Costantine Ngelengi Malembela says it was a great honor for his company to handle the special group with a special mission of serving humanity.

“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” Mr Malembela notes.

Congema Safaris with its base in Tanzania’s northern safari capital city of Arusha is a company with a record of taking a number of tourists to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Kilimanjaro. The name itself is a mystery wreathed in clouds. It might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans. Or it might not. The local people, the Wachagga, don't even have a name for the whole massif, only Kipoo (now known as Kibo) for the familiar snowy peak that stands imperious, overseer of the continent, the summit of Africa.

Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see it, you understand why. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent; it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland – elevation around 900 metres – to an imperious 5,895 metres (19,336 feet).

Kilimanjaro is one of the world's most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination.

French female combatant trek Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for war victims

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