Bassem Hashem, Deputy Mayor of Shab’a, strolls along the recently graded dirt road and pauses at the new bridge. He examines the construction work and chats with the structural engineer. Construction of this new bridge crossing a stream in the valley has just been completed.
Local farmers and traders had just started to assemble and set up stalls along the main street of Bint Jbeil when UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Michael Beary, accompanied by local dignitaries, strolled in to the weekly market.
Challenges and progress in clearing explosive remnants of war (ERW) and unexploded ordnances (UXOs) in south Lebanon were the highlights of an event organized today to observe the International Day for Mine Awareness.
A workshop organized last week by UNIFIL’s Civil Affairs Office offered a platform for the UN Mission’s various military assets and officers from the Lebanese Internal Security Forces (ISF) in sharing experiences and best practices on policing techniques.
After the winter rains south Lebanon looks lush in March. Farmers are already harvesting leafy vegetables from their fields, bright flowers are everywhere and green grass carpets the rocky hills. It feels hard to believe that in a few months water scarcity will become an issue.
Today, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) marked the 39th anniversary of its establishment with a ceremony at its Headquarters in Naqoura highlighting the Mission’s commitment to providing a safe and secure environment for the local population in southern Lebanon.
The clear sky, the sunshine and the gentle breeze indicated that spring was arriving to the Lebanese capital, Beirut. The ebb and flow of the gentle sea waves in the country’s commercial hub, the Beirut Port, made the ambiance even more soothing.