They said she couldn't do it in a mulafa. This photo was taken at the Kaedi lycee in southern Mauritania, during EcoHealth Camp 2007; one week in July where 2 girls from each Peace Corps village and their chaperones came together for sports, games, and lessons in health and environmental education. Oumrana, the girl in the air, was one of two girls from Jidr El Mohghuen, my village in southeast Mauritania, and had never left the village before that week. Nor had she, or any other girl at camp, competed in many sports. Boys in the village often play soccer, but opportunities for girls are non-existant. In the camp environment, the girls competed in their own Olympics, including foot races, long jump, and high jump. There are several language and ethnic groups in Mauritania, and each has a typical dress. The mulafa, worn by Hassaniya speakers in our village, is a single piece of fabric wrapped around the body, not ideal for sports, certainly not as suitable as the skirts and blouses the other groups favored. Some girls told her she couldn't jump in the veil. Oumrana kicked off her sandals, tucked in the loose end, and jumped. All the way to the semi-finals.