A Familiar Fear
When Mrs. Yong Eng stepped on a land mine, she lost one leg and injured the other. “Sometimes, forgetful of my maimed state, I spring to catch my little child,” she says, “and then I fall to the ground, the bones of my leg aching.”
Her story is all too familiar in Cambodia. One out of every 236 Cambodians has stepped on a landmine. In the wake of war, millions of mines still lie buried, waiting to ambush villagers working in fields, gathering firewood, or herding livestock. Fear of being killed or maimed by the mines keeps many farmers from planting food for their families and many children from playing near their homes.
An Global Impact member program works to clear mines in a rural area north of Phnom Penh. The mine clearance benefits 15,000 displaced people by allowing them to resume farming their land.