Nic Dunlop for Al Jazeera English ••• of "Tith Pao was 20 years old when he stepped on a landmine in May 1992. Within months of his accident, the sole breadwinner of the family was back in landmine-ridden forests looking for wood; it was his only way to earn an income. Pao and his family were living in a refugee camp with more than 12,000 people displaced by landmines. 'I felt scared whenever I had to go to the forest and cut wood,' he recalls, 'but I had no choice. I needed to support my family.' By the early 1990s, there were an estimate of 8-10 million landmines scattered throughout Cambodia - more than one for every man, woman and child, encumbering life for entire communities. The mines were laid during Cambodia's decades-long war by the Cambodian army, the Vietnamese, the Khmer Rouge, the non-communist fighters and US forces.
The presence of so many mines denied farmers access to their land, impoverishing entire communities." #cambodia #battambang #landmind