Sunday, October 24, 2010

Aki Ra: DIY Landmine Clearance Hero

Having blogged on this site several times on the subject of land mines and cluster bombs, I was amazed to come across the work of Aki Ra, a former Khmer Rouge child soldier who now clears landmines by hand in his native Cambodia, armed with little more than a stick and a pen knife.

Thanks to Ben Thomson for alerting me to this incredible individual. Check out the video and read Ben's tribute here. Ra estimates that he has personally cleared about 50,000 landmines himself, and has trained over 1,000 fellow Cambodians to do the same, using low tech tools and methods.

As kingmanjim comments on YouTube, "How did Obama get the Nobel Peace Prize with this guy around?"

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