Exhibition shows impact of war on those who survive

VISITORS to the Royal Armouries in Leeds were able to discover a bit more about its photographic exhibition focusing on the struggles and triumphs faced by survivors of war.

Created by the Manchester-based Mines Advisory Group (MAG), the exhibition, entitled Surviving the Peace, places the spotlight on people emerging from war – and the challenges they face while struggling to acclimatise in the aftermath of violence.

Set in fourteen countries around the world, the photos are the work of MAG's photographer Sean Sutton. In a series of powerful images, he captures the conflicts that have scarred recent history and their impact on men, women and children around the world.

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On Saturday visitors were given an insight into MAG's work through a series of drop-in sessions, Mr Sutton himself giving a hands-on talk on the different types of landmines and unexploded cluster munitions that MAG's specialist clearance teams encounter all over the world.

As well hearing his first-hand experiences of coming across these lethal items, visitors were also able to handle dummy mines and other decommissioned weapons.

Surviving the Peace runs until today. For more information visit www.royalarmouries.org