EMERGENCY HOTLINE SAVES YOUNG LIVES IN CAMBODIA
Two people are killed or injured in Cambodia every week by landmines and unexploded bombs, making it one of the worst affected countries in the world.
Photos: MAG Cambodia
Families here rely on MAG’s roving teams to respond quickly to reports of items found around their homes and schools, or on their farmland.
Every day Chanthy's young daughters Sreyka and Toch walked to school across the land behind their house, until one morning when Chanthy found two cluster submunitions just metres away from their path. Chanthy called MAG's emergency hotline straight away that morning.
A MAG explosives disposal team responded immediately, evacuating the area and safely destroying the bomblets. Relieved that she had been the one to find this deadly threat before one of her young children or their friends did, Chanthy told the team:
"I have seen Toch, Sreyka and their classmates playing near that area. If they had found and played with those items, I dread to think what would have happened to them."
By working closely with communities, and through the kindness of our supporters, MAG is making a difference to lives and livelihoods in Cambodia.
Chanthy lives in Ratanakiri province, and in her village alone since 2015, we have already destroyed 161 of these deadly devices. This is 161 young lives spared the agony of these indiscriminate killers.
No child’s life should be at risk from the deadly debris of war. We have to find every hidden bomb, before a child like Sreyka or Toch does.
Photo: Ethan Crowley
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Page published: 9 September 2016