This is a little picture from Torokina in South Bougainville. A bunch of hand grenades nestled in amongst a mortar or two and a bunch of rifle ammunition sitting on the edge of a food garden.

The US Gov has begun the process of cleaning out the munitions left in Torokina following the Allied withdrawal after WW2. These dumped munitions pose an ongoing threat to the population as locals harvest the explosives for use (or simply disturb them while gardening or clearing jungle).

Luckily the first efforts of disposal removed the small cache shown in the picture above. Fingers crossed that 2011 will bring further clean up operations.

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