" Killing fields of Cambodia, not the only injustice for Cambodian victims only; but, it's for the whole humanity." A survivor

Cambodia records 5 percent decline in landmine casualties in 9 months

PHNOM PENH, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) — Cambodia on Friday reported 143 landmine casualties in the first nine months of this year, representing a 5 percent decrease from 151 casualties at the same period last year, according to a report from the Cambodian Mine and Explosive Remnants of War Victim Information System.

During the January-September period this year, 37 people were killed, up from 32 deaths at the same period last year, said the report. Besides, 106 others were injured or amputated, down 11 percent from 119 at the same period last year.

It said that 54 percent of the victims were men, 27 percent were boys, and 19 percent were women and girls.

The two latest remarkable anti-tank mine explosion incidents happened in the country’s northwestern Battambang province. One incident occurred on Sept. 30, killing six people and seriously injuring two others, and the other was on Oct. 7, killing 3 farmers and injured 3 others.

Cambodia is one of the world’s worst countries affected by mines as the result of almost three decades of war and internal conflicts from the mid-1960s until the end of 1998.

According to the report, since 1979 to September 2012, landmines had killed 19,658 people and injured or amputated 44,504 others.

%d bloggers like this: