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, 640 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.
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