And our business is removing the harsh reminders of the past conflicts here in Cambodia. The teams have taken a well deserved rest as well as a time to spend with their families during one of the most important Cambodian holidays – Pchum Ben.
Now that we are back to our daily findings please check in to see how there is still a lot of work to be done.
You may have noticed that recently there have been fewer posts on a daily basis. Part of this is due to the fact that Cambodia is now in the “rainy season” when rain is an almost daily occurrence. It starts out slow, speeds up, pours for a short time, then stops. While this raises the humidity, it also adds to difficult access to areas where UXO are being reported as the roads become very muddy and movement is slowed. However, the rains also can wash out the dirt from buried ordnance creating new finds.
We are now entering the 15 day Pchum Ben season here in Cambodia. Our entire CSHD and EOD teams had been working through their last 5 day break in order to have two well-deserved weeks off during this special period.
They will resume work after the end of Pchum Ben – Sept. 28.
Report From CSHD/EOD 1 – THANKS
ថ្ងៃនេះក្រុមការងារដោះមីន យើងទទួលបានផ្លែល្ហុងទុំដ៍ឈ្ងុយឆ្ងាញ ពីម្ចាស់ដីក្នុងចំការមីន
Today, our demining team was given a delicious ripe papaya by the landowner in the field. They are delighted that the Cambodian Demining organizations help clear mines from their lands.
(Many Thanks, CSHD!)
The EOD Teams back at work!
These photos and explanations will keep you up on how to answer the question: “Oh, are there still landmines in Cambodia?”
The answer is a resounding “YES!!!!”.
Join our EOD teams as they uncover, remove and destroy all sorts of harmful explosives on a DAILY basis!
These are quotes from the Myanmar Times of Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in their article titled “EU calls for decisive actions on landmines in Myanmar”. The EU said these words within a statement on the occasion of International Mine Awareness Day.
The 28-country EU noted, “…landmines are harming and killing people in many conflict-affected areas around the world, even long after a conflict ends.”
“Most of the time, landmines primarily affect the most vulnerable: children, civilians fleeing ongoing conflict or farmers in rural areas who have no choice but to enter mine-contaminated areas in order to pursue livelihoods and feed their families,” it said.
“Mines and explosive remnants of war are not only a serious threat to the safety, health and lives of civilians, but also a cause of increased poverty levels and a significant impediment to socio-economic development in the affected areas,” it added.
I think I can speak for all of us at CSHD that THIS is why we are working here!
ដើម្បីបង្ហាញ់ជូនដល់ក្រុមការងារយកពត៌មាន របស់ទូរទស្សន៍បារាំង ៕
ឃុំឃុនរាម ស្រុកបន្ទាយស្រី ខេត្តសៀមរាប ៕
Mine clearance and education about mine accidents
To post to the French TV news team.
Khun Roam Commune, Banteay Srey District, Siem Reap Province.(Translated by Google Translate)