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Beneath The Visor: Female bomb searchers in Lebanon



The civil war (1975-1990) and the conflict between Hezbollah and Israel (2006) have left Lebanon with a deadly legacy of landmines and unexploded bombs. 'Beneath The Visor' follows some of the women clearing the danger.

The images, taken by MAG's award-winning photographer Sean Sutton, feature the female bomb searchers of MAG's 'Battle Area Clearance team 3' in southern Lebanon.

BAC3 is made of five female and two male searchers – plus a trauma medic, deputy team leader and team leader – who check the ground for cluster submunitions.

Around four million of these bomblets were fired into southern Lebanon in 2006. Many failed to explode: those that haven't continue to pose the threat of death or injury. Their presence also limits the amount of land that can be used for agriculture and development projects.

Please click on the image at the top of this page to view the Beneath The Visor gallery.


MAG relies on donations to safeguard civilians against the dangers of cluster bombs, landmines and unexploded ordnance

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Page published: 14 June 2013


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"This job has changed my life" – Amal Nader, bomb searcher











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Thanks to all the public, institutional and government donors to MAG's operations in Lebanon, including:
Australian Aid / AusAID
European Commission
• Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Nertherlands
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
NVESD Humanitarian Demining R & D Program
US Department of State's Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement

Without this support, MAG's lifesaving work in the country could not be carried out.


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