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From Minefields to Ricefields

A story of hope in Cambodia 20 years after the anti-landmine treaty

In 1992, I photographed Tith Pao just after his foot was blown off by a landmine. He lived in one of the most heavily mined areas in the world. His story appeared in a book I co-authored with Paul Davies called War of the Mines in 1994.


Exactly 25 years later, I returned to the area to visit Pao. I found the district completely transformed, almost entirely free of landmines. Life for Pao, and his young family, had improved beyond measure. The month I visited Pao and his young family (December 2017) marked 20 years since the Ban Mine Treaty came into effect.

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