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Kambodscha: 2016 war das erste Jahr, in dem weniger als 100 Menschen Opfer von Landminen wurden

Seit Jahrzehnten gilt Kambodscha als eines der am meisten verminten Ländern der Welt. Zahlreiche staatliche und nicht-staatliche Organisationen leisten vor Ort großartiges in der Entminung. Und das zeigt Erfolg: Erstmal seit Jahrzehnten gab es "nur" eine zweistellige Opferzahl. (auf Englisch)

Landminenopfer Roeut Tong © Nicolas Axelrod / Handicap International

The number of victims killed or injured by landmines or other unexploded ordnance (UXO) left over from Cambodia’s decades-old wars is projected to have dropped below 100 last year, for the first time since the fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1979, as far as annual figures go back.

Officials in the demining and rehabilitation sectors called it an important milestone for one of the most heavily mined and bombed countries in the world.

“This is very good news and we strongly believe this is important for Cambodian people,” said Heng Ratana, director of the government’s Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC), the largest demining operator in the country.

According to the Cambodian Mine Action Authority, which oversees CMAC, 77 Cambodians were killed or injured by mines and UXO between January and November, averaging seven a month. The number of casualties last month had yet to be tallied, but the country has not seen a month with more than 20 casualties for many years.

Weiterlesen: https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/landmine-injuries-dip-below-100-for-first-time-122921/

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