There are the victims of landmine still. Battambang Province, Cambodia
According to the Khmer Times dated on January 24, a villager killed by landmine in Battambang Province, northwest of the Kingdom of Cambodia where Good Earth Japan (GEJ) extend the support to farmers who live on the post landmine field for them to become independent.
The paper said;
“A villager in Battambang province’s Ratanak Mondol district was killed after stepping on a landmine on Wednesday.”
“Heng Ratana, Director General of Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) said that a man was killed on Wednesday when he stepped on an anti-personnel landmine while harvesting bamboo in Ratanak Mondol district’s Phlouv Meas commune.”
“According to district police’s report, the landmine was planted during decades of civil war and it detonated when the man identified as Sem Sari, 37, stepped on it while cutting bamboo along the stream.”
The incident had occurred at about 20 Kilometers south from 4 villages such as Reaksmei Sangha and Kouk Choar and others in Ratanak Mondol district which GEJ have been supporting since year 2010.
According to CMAC, there are so many areas where the landmines were planted in Cambodia, and it may take until year 2025 to clear all areas where it has identified as contaminated area by now.
GEJ hope and pray for the all over the Cambodia shall be freed from the landmine and UXB (Unexploded Bomb) soon.
GEJ support farmers who live on post minefield through the agriculture trainings, improving their living environment, and improvement of their infrastructure by building roads, agriculture ponds, primary schools etc. as well.