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Roberta Sherry - United States of America

Shortly after graduating from high school in 1968, Ms. Sherry went to volunteer for six months on an Israeli kibbutz. While picking bananas in a frequently visited field, she stepped on a landmine. Israeli doctors amputated her right leg and her right middle finger, and were able to save her left leg that had been torn and ripped open in the blast. She spent a year in Israel undergoing rehabilitation and learning to walk on an artificial leg. Upon returning to the US, she worked toward a degree in child development at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, and was employed as an occupational therapist at nursing homes. Currently residing in Los Osos, California, Ms. Sherry welcomes the opportunity to come to Washington, DC to speak out as a landmine survivor, influence the US to sign the Mine Ban Treaty and help mine victims in poorer countries receive quality rehabilitative care.

LSN is saddened by the news that landmine survivor Roberta Sherry, 53, of Los Osos passed away in her home on Monday, Nov. 11, 2002. Roberta was a gifted writer and enjoyed reading, music, gardening, and embroidery. She will be missed by all who knew her.

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