APOPO alongside local partner the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) is conducting a humanitarian landmine clearance project in the northern Siem Reap province, targeting the most mine-affected villages in order to return safe productive land back to communities where it makes the biggest impact.
At least 26 million explosive sub-munitions were dropped on Cambodia during the Vietnam War, mostly in eastern and northeastern areas bordering the Lao People's Democratic Republic and Vietnam. The bombing is estimated to have left between 1.9 million and 5.8 million cluster munitions remnants. Over 64,000 landmine and other Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) casualties have been recorded in Cambodia since 1979. With over 25,000 amputees Cambodia has the highest ratio of mine amputees per capita in the world.
Following the picture below : A rat felt the TNT trapped in a mine. It stops, sniffs the ground and air (as if to drive the smell before putting it again). The muzzle toward the buried explosive, it is about to scratch the ground, signaling the presence of the mine underground. Siem Reap, Cambodia, March 7, 2016.