•“What we did was insane and monstrous, we covered entire towns in cluster bombs” that was what the head of an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) rocket unit in Lebanon said regarding the use of cluster bombs and phosphorous shells during the 2006 war (Rappaport, 2006) . This project is about the contested landscapes of the south and what was left behind after the Lebanese/Israeli war. At the end of each war and after every defeat Israel used to throw cluster bombs and implant mines among houses, in fields, bushes, mountains and valleys. Quoting the IDF commander (2006), “The rocket unit head stated that the IDF fired around 1800 cluster bombs, containing over 1.2 million cluster bomblets.” In the face of this assault many associations have volunteered to clean all these areas with the direct support of the Lebanese Army’s National office of removing cluster bombs. In the south, more than 60% of its lands were polluted. The association ‘AjialAlsalam For Bomb Removal` whom I joined for documenting the different areas that were polluted, was working on the elimination of what the enemy has left. This association has lost six martyrs and ten wounded of the finest young people working in the field. The team of this association is made up of 123 men that are put under continuous training and rehabilitation program to stay in a total readiness. These men were divided into groups among the different polluted lands, each group had one paramedic for emergency cases, and a group leader to lead the other men from where to start and the safe places that they can pass through. During the several times I joined this organization the man in charge was the one leading me where to stand and where to walk in order for me to stay safe. Passing through all these spaces made me realize the danger these men are facing daily. The violence in these landscapes of minefields is present for those who are aware of what was left here but hidden for normal passers. The story that I intend to deliver to the viewer is in the details of my photographs since these landscapes has often been used as a medium to represent the beauty of the south, but the real truth about the danger in these areas and the time spent to clean these polluted lands from eleven years until this day is not shown. At the first glance, the viewer is not aware of what’s happening in these landscapes and the small details that tell the whole story, same for cluster bombs, they’re found but hidden somewhere where the passer is not aware of them.

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