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“My story started from food shortage and hunger”: living with landmines in Cambodia

Merete Taksdal

in Disability and poverty

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428851
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302063 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428851.003.0011
“My story started from food shortage and hunger”: living with landmines in Cambodia

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Cambodia is one of the countries in the world most contaminated with landmines and explosive remnants of war. The majority of people living with landmines there are poor subsistence farmers. One of them is Sok, a farmer who lost his leg in an explosion while clearing farmland in the forest. This chapter tells his story, along with those of other survivors, in order to illustrate life inside the minefields. In a country without a social safety-net, the vicious cycle between poverty and disability becomes visible through the high number of people with disabilities seen in the poor villages. After losing a leg and going into debt to pay for medical treatment, the disabled survivor or the family members will have to enter the mined area again and again, as they depend on farming, collecting wood, or using other natural resources to sustain their family.

Keywords: Cambodia; landmines; minefields; social safety-net; farming; poverty; Sok

Chapter.  9204 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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