Legacies of War: Landmines in Cambodia

During nearly three decades of conflict, an estimated 4 to 6 million landmines were laid in Cambodia since 1970. War has ended, but its remnants are hidden underground, lurking in soil that is desperately needed for development. Landmines, cluster munitions, air-dropped bombs and other unexploded ordnance (UXO) pose a violent threat to rural Cambodians, killing more than 27,000 since 1992.

Chisang Village in Cambodia’s Battambang Province was an intermittent battlefield for war from 1970 until 1996. Landmines laid during that time by the Khmer Rouge, Vietnamese and Cambodian Armed Forces are still found scattered throughout the village today. Fourteen community members are amputees.

Mines Advisory Group (MAG) leads a team of demining specialists who aim to clear Chisang Village of explosives and return the land so it can benefit the community.

Below are photos from a day in Chisang.

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