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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