Monday, May 31, 2010
My thoughts on this Memorial Day turn to both the soldiers who have fought in wars and the people who live in places where war has become part of their daily life. This piece is one I did a few years ago in response to a story I read about unexploded US cluster Bombs left in Afghanistan and the children who found and played with them, often losing limbs or dying as a result. THese devices were referred to as, "yellow canisters of death".
According to the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Afghanistan, Pierre Wettach: "Millions of such devices are scattered over hundreds of square kilometers of the country. This legacy of 23 years of conflict has a terrible impact on the civilian population."