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ກຳປູເຈຍ ຝຶກທະຫານ 2,000 ຄົນ ໃຫ້ເປັນຜູ້ເກັບກູ້ລະເບີດ ຫຼັງຈາກປະເທດຕາເວັນຕົກ ໃຫ້ການຊ່ວຍເຫຼືອເພີ້ມຂຶ້ນ


Cambodia is deploying 2,000 soldiers to train as deminers after Western nations, led by the United States, bolstered their efforts to rid the country of landmines and other unexploded ordnance by 2025.

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A 30-year civil war left Cambodia among

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the most heavily mined nations on earth and children, curious or just scavenging for scrap metal, are often among the victims.

The United Nations Development Program says casualties from landmines and other unexploded ordnance

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have fallen dramatically from 4,320 people, killed or wounded, in 1996 to just 77 in 2019. Explosives claimed 55 victims in the first nine months of this year.

It is a problem that ...

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...afflicts the entire country and further impacts an economy already punished by the withdrawal of trade preferences by the European Union and the COVID-19 pandemic. The government wants the land cleared and made productive for agriculture.

Just under half of all contaminated land has been cleared.

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The UNDP says about 2,000 square kilometers still needs to be rehabilitated.

The U.S. ambassador to Cambodia, Patrick Murphy, recently hosted a Buddhist ceremony to commemorate efforts to rid the countryside of the explosives.

He says the U.S. has spent about $160 million clearing contaminated land over the last 20 years.

((Patrick Murphy, U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia))

“Whether we’re working in agriculture, public health, education, environment, law enforcement, food security and demining we have excellent partners here and we’re making a lot of progress in helping Cambodia become more prosperous, and stable and hopefully more democratic as well.”

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Tong Try, a demining adviser with the UNDP, said an extra 2,000 deminers would enable the clearance of an extra 85 square kilometers a year.

((Tong Try, De-miner))

“If we have the 2,000 deminers from the Royal Cambodian Army to support the humanitarian demining we will ask them to clear mostly the landmines along the Cambodia-Thai border.”

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Ly Thuch, first vice president of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority, is seeking a total of $377 million from friendly countries and development partners.

((Ly Thuch, De-mining Official))

"Five point seven million people have access to safe land thanks to the mine-clearing operation in this country and the United States by far is one of the largest donors”.

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Another $20 million has been allocated to the...

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Cambodian Mine Action and Victims Assistance Authority for the next five years by Australia with Canada, New Zealand and South Korea, among others, donating millions of dollars more.

((LUKE HUNT for VOA News, Phnom Penh, Cambodia))

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