Landmines & UXOs

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia  |  Year: Dec 2009  |   Length: 57 min

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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 UXOs 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. 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 UXOs, 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.