After the civil war, that lasted from 1975 till 1990, Israel kept half of Lebanon occupied as some sort of “security zone”. In this “security area”, that they controlled from 1982 till 2000, they left behind several hundred thousand land mines in the Lebanese soil.
In 2006, Israel dropped an additional 4 million cluster bombs of “leftover” ammunition over Lebanon, leaving up to 49 percent bombs unexploded for children and farmers to discover in the future.
The result of the 2006 war left parts of the country in ruins, and more than 1200 people dead. Why? Because two Israeli soldiers were detained by Hezbollah, in hope of exchanging them with some of the many, many lebanese people illegally arrested by Israel. You do the math!
Salam is one of our many friends in the South. She is from Palestine, but has never been in her home country because it still is occupied by Israel. Instead she lives in one of the many refugee camps in Lebanon.
When she’s not at home, she is out in the fields clearing the soil from bombs and mines. She is part of the only female demining team in Lebanon.
Hopefully, she will soon be able to return to her stolen land to put cucumbers and tomatoes in soil instead.