Die Geschichte der "Landmine Boys": Junger Student entwickelt Entminungs-Roboter

Mit 13 Jahren zog Richard Yim von Kambodscha nach Kanada - der Beginn einer Erfolgsgeschichte. Als Kind verlor Richard seine Tante bei einem Landminenunfall. Seitdem hat er ein Ziel vor Augen: Einen Roboter bauen, der Landminen schnell und einfach entschärft. Heute ist der 22-jährige Geschäftsführer seiner Firma "Landmine Boys" (auf Englisch).

Eines von vielen Minenfeldern in Kambodscha © Paul James Hay / Handicap International


The Canadian Landmine Foundation follows closely the work of Richard Yim, an innovative student at the University of Waterloo, who has created a robot designed to defuse landmines.

Yim was a teenager in Cambodia when he realized that the dangers posed by landmines in former conflict zones could be mitigated. His aunt died after stepping on a landmine when he was eight years old. The landmine that killed Yim’s aunt was one of the millions of the devices that lie hidden on Cambodia’s war-scarred landscape.

Yim arrived in Canada at the age of 13 and learned that death does not need to result from unexplored ordinates. He decided to study engineering in order to help Cambodia and dozens of other countries to rid their lands of dangerous mines. One of his fourth-year engineering projects at the University of Waterloo morphed into a company that is working to design and build a yet-to-be-named robot to safely defuse landmines.

“It’s something that I want to work on to find a solution so that the kid in the next generation doesn’t have to go through what I have to go through when I was a kid,” said Yim.

Please watch and share these videos to learn more about the Yim and his company, The Landmine Boys.

Quelle: http://canadianlandmine.org/video-the-story-of-the-landmine-boys

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