Remove landmines from a village in Cambodia

Sep 7, 2012

Would you risk your life to feed your family?

Van Thoeun - husband, father and grandfather.
Van Thoeun - husband, father and grandfather.

Van Thoeun (50 years old) is a husband, a father of six and a grandfather who risks his life to feed his family.  His family lives in Banteay Ti Mouy, the village this project supports, where there are landmines.  Despite the threat of mines on their land, Van cultivated the hazardous area because he had no other means to support his family.  He grows cassava, a staple crop in Cambodia and a major source of carbohydrates in the developing world.  Once harvested, chopped up and dried in the open air, a 1kg sack should earn him roughly 15c at the market.  His family depends on the food for nutrients and the surplus cash for living expenses. Thanks to our generous donors, like you, HALO was able to start clearing the hazardous land this August.  Van is thankful he will soon be able to farm without fear and stop worrying when his granddaughter runs into the fields to play.  

What if you had to choose between risking your life and feeding your family?  It’s a choice too many Cambodians have to face. 

Thank you for supporting this urgent work.    

Map of the area requiring mineclearance
Map of the area requiring mineclearance



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