Unexploded Ordnance In Solomons Subject Of Photo Exhibit

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Impact of left-over WWII bombs on communities portrayed

By Ronald Toito’ona

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, May 14, 2015) – A photographic exhibition of World War Two (WW2) bombs in Solomon Islands has been launched on Wednesday.

The exhibition which will look at the current situation of unexploded ordinances of WW2 in the country will run from 13th to the 27th of May at the National Art Gallery.

For the past 70 years, Solomon Islanders have been living with this issue and the exhibition is looking at how the impact of the WW2 bombs have in the communities and how it affects development, infrastructure and the environment.

It is being initiated by SafeGround – an Australian Non-Government Organization (NGO), with assistances from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Golden West, and the Solomon Islands Government.

A volunteer of SafeGround, Miss Georgia Murphy said, the project produces an exhibition and a short film and will be released in the country and the world.

"This project produces and exhibition and a short film will be released in the Solomon Islands and internationally," she said.

Miss Murphy said, they are encouraging Solomon Islanders to visit the photographic exhibition.

"We strongly encourage Solomon Islanders to come and see the photographic exhibition ‘WW2 bombs in the Solomon Islands’.

"This photographic exhibition is a fresh look at the current situation of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the Solomon Islands that tells the story of the legacy of fighting that took place some 70 years ago," Miss Murphy said.

She also urges the public that those who will be going to the exhibition today and tomorrow will have a chance to win 1 Gigabytes of data from Our Telekom.

Meanwhile, the exhibition will coincide with this year’s International Museum Day celebration from the 16th-18th of May.

SafeGround has worked in close partnership with the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services; the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat; Golden West Humanitarian Foundation, and the Solomon Islands National Museum to bring this exhibition to fruition to raise the profile of UXO (Unexploded Ordinance) in the Solomon Islands and internationally.

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