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Destroying guns in the Solomon Islands

Destroying guns in the Solomon Islands

Collecting and destroying weapons was an important task for peacekeeping forces in the Solomons. This 2003 photograph, taken in Auki, Malaita province, shows a member of the Malaita Eagle Force (MEF) kissing his self-loading rifle before surrendering it. Behind him stretches a line of men waiting to hand over weapons – altogether 99 were collected and given to a delegation from the Regional Assistance Mission for destruction.

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David Capie, 'Peacekeeping - Solomon Islands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/36095/destroying-guns-in-the-solomon-islands (accessed 20 October 2017)

Story by David Capie, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 10 Jun 2015