“Before the mines were cleared, the children were not happy and couldn’t concentrate in lessons. They were scared every morning coming to class, as they had to walk through land they knew had landmines. Now MAG has cleared around the school the children have space to run and play and are much happier.”
- Kiet Chhon, a teacher at Chisang School (pictured) in Battambang province, north-western Cambodia.
The area where the school is located was of strategic military importance during conflicts involving the Khmer Rouge, the Cambodian Government and Vietnamese troops over three different periods of fighting between 1979 and 1996.
Landmines laid during that time, and other remnants of those conflicts, still affect the villagers today. However, MAG’s teams have now cleared more than 1,000 dangerous explosive items and released 470,000 sq/m of land, which is now safe to farm and develop.