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Demining in Iraq

Landmines are one of the most lethal and diabolical instruments of war.
They have the greatest impact after the battles have long ceased.
Millions of innocent people are maimed and killed each year by abondened mine fields.
The problem is compounded by the lack of maps and information on the minefields existence and locations.

To clear a minefield takes a long time. Due to the terrain of this region most minefields can only be cleared by hand. Only occassionally can dogs or machines be used. Due to the necessity to be thorough a man usually clears from 7 to 10 square metres of ground a day. It can take years to clear a field and declare it safe.
deminers
deminers
a landmine
a landmine
Tools of the trade
Tools of the trade
slow work
slow work
the region
the region
the team
the team
working the minefield
working the minefield
Helmets and  vests
Helmets and vests
tools in the field
tools in the field
detonated landmine
detonated landmine
clearing a field
clearing a field
Morning briefing
Morning briefing
Bouncing Betty
"Bouncing Betty"
demining field coordination
demining field coordination
campsite
campsite