Cambodia Landmine Museum - Siem Reap - review by Rusty Compass
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Cambodia Landmine Museum - Siem Reap

| 02 Apr 2012

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Cambodia Landmine Museum - Siem Reap
More than 20kms from Siem Reap 6km before Banteay Srei temple

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02 Apr 2012

No visitor to Cambodia will escape a glimpse of the terrible human toll of landmines. Victims ply the streets of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh as beggars and book sellers. Some are former soldiers, most are civilians injured long after the end of war. And landmines continue to maim Khmer civilians.

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Aki Ray, the founder of the Cambodian Landmine Museum knows a lot about landmines and their terrible impact on his country. He first encountered mines as a Khmer Rouge child soldier. After many years of war, Aki turned his attention to their decommissioning - and developed amazing skills in this noble but deadly craft.

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Photo: Mark BowyerCambodian Landmine Museum - Siem Reap
In the late 1990s, Aki opened a simple museum packed with decommissioned mines in a small shack not far from Siem Reap. Interest was huge but local officials weren’t pleased fearing the focus on landmines might deter travellers from visiting the temples.



In 2007, a new and a larger complex was setup not far from Banteay Srei temple following a partnership between Aki and a Canadian NGO. The museum’s role expanded into operating an orphanage and an educational facility for young victims of mines.

The current exhibit includes a chilling array of mines as well as an account on their horrendous ongoing toll.
Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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