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Perfect Soldiers: Cambodia’s Hidden Enemy

A severe problem that Cambodia faces is the magnitude of landmines littered across provinces throughout the country. This is the legacy of three decades of savage war that raged in Cambodia. All sides used landmines, manufactured in China, Russia, Vietnam and the United States. Pol Pot, whose regime was responsible for the deaths of approximately 1.7 million Cambodians between 1975 and 1979, purportedly called land mines his “perfect soldiers.”

Recent estimates show that there may be as many as four to six million mines and unexploded devices left undetected in Cambodia although some estimates run as high as 10 million. In the first nine months of 2012, 144  landmine casualties were recorded, according to a report by the Cambodian Mine and Explosive Remnants of War Victim Information System. Young children account for approximately half of all landmine victims.

Across the developing world, there are millions of people with disabilities who need physical rehabilitation services to enable them to go to school, find work and participate in society. However, in many low income countries there is a severe shortage of staff with the skills and experience to provide the rehabilitation services required. Whilst I have been living in Cambodia, I have met a number of landmine survivors who have been keen to show me what has happened to them, and explain the difficulties they face on a daily basis.



Whilst traveling in Cambodia, i was told there are no wild elephants left in the country. The only place they are sometimes found is on the border with Thailand which is still riddled with landmines left by the Khmer Rouge. This young elephant is being measured for a prosthetic. 

Cambodian de-miners at work in a mine field in Banteay Meanchey province in northwestern Cambodia. (UNDP/Chansok Lay)

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APOPO, the humanitarian organisation that uses rats in landmine clearance work has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia.

APOPO’s Kim Warren has signed the agreement in a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Royal Government of Cambodia.

The humanitarian org trains African Giant Pouched Rats to sniff out buried landmines. The rats are too light to trigger the landmines, resulting in a humane and effective method.

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Siem Reap, Cambodia - 2013. Landmine museum.

More than 500 pieces of unexploded ordnance (UXO) were discovered in Oddar Meanchey province by villagers foraging for wild potatoes on Friday, police said Sunday.

Banteay Ampil district police chief Hong Chamroeun said that the the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) was called in after villagers uncovered the UXO while foraging in a forest near Kork Khpos commune.

“Our CMAC found four places after our villagers found one place. There are in total 501 pieces of am­munition, and now CMAC has taken them to be de­stroyed,” he said.

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