Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
148Trip End May 30, 2013
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Scrap metal trade exemplifies this problem. You have poor people trying to make some money by salvaging. To come across some of these shell casings could bring in a lot of money. But people are harming themselves by touching these bombs instead of bringing in professionals to deal with them. Tourism can also cause problems as well. People may want to buy bombies as a souvenier, but that will only encourage people to go out and find potentially dangerous munitions in order to sell them. A similar thing is going on with remaking the metal into spoons and bracelets for sale. It appears to be a good thing, but may not be...
We visited a village which is using many of these scraps of war in their everyday life. Fences built, supports for the houses, cooking stands in the fire, herb gardens...It's all made from remains of war
But even 30+ years people are still being harmed. Thankfully, they've started an education program in schools to help the children understand the dangers. But it doesn't stop kids playing, or little boys bravado or daring games...
We went to a site where there are obvious craters still riddling the landscape. No one can farm or do anything with the area as it's too dangerous. We took a very small walk, but upon seeing an exposed bomb only a few feet off the path, none of us really wanted to go any further. What
really hurts my heart is the fact that almost these people have had to deal with this every day of their lives!
All around the town there are bits of artillery and empty bomb casings. The fire pits at our guest house are old bomb casings, the lights are recoilless shells and our key is attaches to a 50 calibre bullet. Remnants are everywhere. Where we have our coffee, tourist info office, market stalls. Each person seems to have their own collection of war remains. I'm sure they all have their own collections of stories as well...
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