The Problem

From October 4, 1965, to August 15, 1973, the United States dropped 2,756,941 tons of bombs on Cambodia in 230,516 sorties on 113,716 sites - all in an attempt to stop the Viet Cong from coming south.

Civilian casualties in Cambodia drove an enraged populace into the arms of an insurgency that had enjoyed relatively little support until the bombing began, setting in motion the expansion of the Vietnam War deeper into Cambodia, a coup d'├ętat in 1970, the rapid rise of the Khmer Rouge, and ultimately the Cambodian genocide.

During this reign of Pol Pot and the "killing fields," millions of land mines were laid along the border to keep other countries out as well as keep the Cambodian people "in." Each year hundreds of Cambodian people are still killed and maimed by land mines and unexploded bombs.

The leftover landmine situation in Cambodia is unbelievably obvious to anyone who has been there. Gary Christ saw the ravage landmines are causing in Cambodia on his first trip in 2001. He wanted to do something about it. Returning in 2004, he learned as much as possible about demining methods.

Cambodia is not the only country plagued by landmines and UXO (Unexploded ordnance). The scourge is also present in Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Columbia, Egypt and about 15 other countries. Internationally more needs to be done to resolve these issues and protect people everywhere. Organizations such as DemineCambodia are only scratching the surface in eliminating these threats.

 

 

WARNING

Warning