Iraqi de-miners help save lives in southern Lebanon - Feature
Atsheet, Lebanon - From under his anti-blast visor, Rahem Khodr Rasoul carefully supervises his team members as they move their mine detectors into a field littered by thousands of cluster bombs. The scene in Atsheet, a southern Lebanese village, is one that is common across the country's south these days, as a number of international workers labour daily to clear the area of the deadly bomblets, dropped in the 33-day Israeli war with Lebanon in 2006.
What's different here is that Rasoul, the field supervisor of this particular mission, is not British, German, French, or even Lebanese.
Rasoul comes all the way from war-torn Iraq.
His face wet with sweat under a clear blue February sky, Rasoul says he's come here from neighboring Iraq to ease the miseries of the Lebanese people.
He is a field supervisor working for the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), a British charity that specializes in anti-landmine operations throughout the world.
Close to one million unexploded bombs are estimated to litter southern Lebanon, according to United Nations forces engaged in the hazardous task of removing them.
MAG has been working in southern Lebanon since the August 15, 2006 ceasefire, providing an immediate emergency clearance response to the crisis.
The organization has searched and cleared more than 6.8 million square meters of land, destroyed more than 17,000 remnants, and is still assisting some 450,000 people to live safe and secure lives.
David Horrocks, MAG's programme manager in Lebanon, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur
Von: www.earthtimes.org, 29.02.2008