Cambodia is one of most heavily contaminated countries in the world, with landmines, cluster munitions and other unexploded weapons affecting every one of the country's 25 provinces as a result of the conflict between the Khmer Rouge, the Government of Cambodia and other factions.
MAG has worked in Cambodia for more than 25 years, clearing minefields and cluster munition-contaminated areas and helping communities to stay safe.
Why we work in Cambodia
The widespread presence of landmines and other explosive items is causing death and injury and restricting land access in Cambodia more than 20 years after the end of the conflict. Unexploded bombs continue to be a particular danger and a massive cluster bomb problem haunts the east of the country. Over 64,000 people have been killed or injured by explosive items since 1979, and there is still an average of one death or injury every week in Cambodia.
Due to the work of the mine action sector, accidents have fallen year on year, but landmine contamination continues to block safe access to land that could be used for agriculture, schools, housing for resettlement, infrastructure, and water access.
My life is better now, I didn’t think it could be as good as this. I can support my family and send my child to school.
Um Kheav HeangCambodia
How we help
Cambodia was one of the first countries in which MAG worked. For over 25 years, we have cleared the country of landmines, cluster munitions and other unexploded bombs.
In addition to manual and mechanical clearance teams, MAG deploys specialist teams which respond quickly to reports of cluster munitions and other unexploded bombs found on land by local communities.
We also uses mine detection dog teams in low and medium threat minefields to speed up the clearance process.
MAG works in the landmine-contaminated western Battambang and Pailin provinces and in the eastern Ratana Kiri province to assist the 80 per cent of the population who depend on agricultural production there. We are the only international mine action organisation working in eastern and western Cambodia.
Across both areas, we deploy community liaison teams who speak directly with the conflict-affected communities to gather information and strengthen local information networks. We also conduct risk education to help people keep themselves and their families as safe as possible until MAG can clear the danger permanently.
Clearing landmines and unexploded bombs has a significant and permanent impact in Cambodia. MAG’s work helps people live a life free from danger and fear, and releases land back to communities so they can feed their families and earn a living.
Our results in 2017
Risk education sessions
Landmines & unexploded bombs destroyed