01 Sep 2014 07:46
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. The magnitude of land mines littered across provinces throughout Cambodia has become a severe problem for the country’s residents. This is the legacy of three decades of savage war that raged in Cambodia. All sides used land mines, 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.” Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) systematically de-mine the country's provinces striving to eradicate the ever present threat of UXO's, land mines and cluster munitions but they are up against a huge challenge.