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Thursday, August 29 2019 - 07:00
The Cambodian Mine Action Centre remembers Diana Princess of Wales as a nation works to free itself of hidden killer by 2025
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Aug. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Saturday, August the 31st, marks the 22nd anniversary of the death of Diana, 
Princess of Wales. The much-admired member of the British royal family touched 
many lives and we are reminded of the work she did to bring world attention to 
the scourge of land mines. The "Ottawa Treaty", a convention on the prohibition 
of mines, was championed by the Princess and it was signed in December of 1997 
- three months after her death. While the legacy of Diana lives on, so does the 
destruction that is brought upon by these hidden killers. 

More than 20 years after decades of hostilities came to an end in Cambodia, our 
country remains riddled with buried explosives. In the first half of 2019 
alone, land mines have killed 62 people in Cambodia. This is twice the number 
of deaths that were recorded during the same period in 2018. More than 20,000 
men, women and children have lost their lives to mines and other undetonated 
ordnance since 1979. More than 45,000 others have been injured. 

Land mines can remain active for more than 50 years. Scanning and clearing 
thousands of kilometres of land is a daunting task, but the government of 
Cambodia is committed to removing all buried explosives in known areas by 2025. 
Men and women risk their lives every day to accomplish this task, as do other 
mammals like dogs and Gambian pouched rats. On the high-tech side of things, 
drones are being deployed thanks to assistance from the UK's University of 
Central Lancashire. It is estimated that demining efforts will cost more than 
100 million USD by no later than 2023.

An internet search for "land mines Cambodia" brings up more than 2.8 million 
references to the history of the weapons, the devastation they have caused and 
the state of the continuing hunt for these death traps. Many governments and 
non-governmental organizations (NGOs) contribute to demining efforts. You can 
help by making a donation, by volunteering, by contacting your elected 

"We are most grateful for the contributions of technology, of labor and of 
financial assistance from the international community, but these weapons of war 
still bring death to Cambodians. In the spirit of Princess Diana, we remind you 
that the struggle continues in our quest to rid our land of this scourge" says 
Heng Ratana, Director General of the CMAC. 

About CMAC: The Cambodian Mine Action Centre ( ) is Cambodia's 
leading demining organization. It provides services and support in the areas of 
Survey and Land Release, Mine and UXO Clearance, Mine and UXO Risk Education 
and Training, Research and Development. The CMAC employs more than 1,700 
people. Our mission is to save lives and to support sustainable development in 

Media Contact:  Phat Phearak, Director, Communications and International 
Cooperation, Phone: +855 88 999 3456, Email:

SOURCE  Cambodian Mine Action Centre