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Caught in the Crossfire at The Bargehouse

Stephen Freer

Caught in the Crossfire is collection of photographs which captures armed violence around the world at point blank range.

The brutal and at times beautiful photographs expose the devastating consecuences of unrestricted small arms trade. Admission to this free exhibit coincides with the UN's discussion of arms taking place this month. The exhibition an effort to garner support for the International Arms Trade Treaty that will establish tougher controls on the global arms trade.

The showcased conflict photographers offer a glimpse of war torn nations such as Afganistan, Bosnia, Sri Lanka, and Nepal where automatic weapons are easily available. Many of the pictures show gorilla terrorist forces made up of men, women, and even young children all armed to the teeth. There is a particularly moving photo of government soldiers in Liberia. They are all smiling behind their bulky automatic weapons as they ride in a pick-up truck armed with an anti-aircraft gun. What is horrifying about this photo is that the soldiers young boys around nine and ten years old.

There is plenty to see in this spacious exhibition, and none who pass through will remain untouched. At the end of Caught in the Crossfire, there is an opportunity for visitors to take action by signing a petition in support of the International Small Arms Treaty.

• At The Bargehouse until 22 October; see listings information

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