From the 1960s to the 1990s, Cambodia was in an almost constant state of war. Saturation bombing, civil war, and genocide scarred its landscapes and its people.
As a result, five million explosive remnants of war remain hidden in the countryside. Long-forgotten landmines, grenades, rockets, artillery shells and cluster bombs kill and injure people and deny farmers and families thousands of hectares of land.
Today, over 800 km2 of Cambodia is contaminated with landmines or other explosive remnants of war. Since 1979, more than 65,000 Cambodians have fallen victim to one of these explosive devices. 20,000 killed. 45,000 injured. 9,000 suffered amputation.
People who find these explosives need to know how to respond. They also need the devices removed quickly and safely so they can get on with their lives.
When villagers find mines and other explosive remnants of war, one of five EOD teams are dispatched to neutralize the explosives and conduct mine risk education. The Canadian Landmine Foundation is proud to sponsor EOD TEAM 5.
CSHD was founded in 2008 by an ex-child soldier named Aki Ra. He’s been demining since 1993 and has personally cleared more than 50,000 landmines. To date, CSHD teams have cleared 3 million square metres of land.
CSHD are accredited by the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority, and have fundraising support in the United States and Australia. The Canadian Landmine Foundation is committed to helping Canadians support Aki Ra and his life saving work.
Help us support CSHD’s work. $270 clears 100 m2. $1,875 funds one week of work. $7,500 funds one month. Together, we can make Cambodia safe. SAFE to play, SAFE to work, SAFE to live.