Landmines and other remnants of war have destroyed millions of lives around the planet since the end of the Second World War. Although the production and use of these weapons has decreased drastically over the last 10 years, mines and UXO laid decades ago remain an enduring threat to civilian life long after conflicts have ceased, with over 5000 casualties still recorded each year.
This documentary film is set in Cambodia, one of the most heavily mined countries in the world, where 1 in every 280 people lives as an amputee.

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On average, there have been 41 new mine or UXO victims in Cambodia every single week for the past 30 years. We meet 6 of these: 2 former soldiers, a farmer, and 3 young men who became mine victims when they were children. They share their stories with us, their memories from the past, the problems they now face, the thoughts they now live with. Moving, strong and simple, their stories stand in sad contrast to the tropical surroundings of a beautiful country with beautiful people.
This is however the reality for hundreds of thousands of people in the world.
Parallel to the victims, the survivors, we are updated on the present day situation of landmines and UXO, a problem the world has been fighting for over a decade. The Programme Manager of The HALO Trust, the Regional Manager of Mines Advisory Group, and the president of the Landmine Relief Fund and Cambodia Self Help Demining take us through the history, the problems, the clearing of contaminated ground, the international treaties and the possibilities for the future.
This is a strong film, both emotionally and with regard to the harsh reality of these weapons and the extent of the immediate human damage they inflict. There is a solution to the horrific long-term consequences of these indiscriminate weapons, but it requires a lot of effort:
- effort on behalf of the countries that have not signed the Ottawa Convention and the Convention on Cluster Munitions to do so, resulting in a universal ban on all future production and use of antipersonnel mines and cluster bombs.
- effort on behalf of the countries that have signed the treaties to fulfill their obligation with respect to funding the work that is already needed to clear all the mine- and UXO- contaminated ground and to support victims.


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