Posted on 03/07/2012

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Sample of mined fields

Sample of mined fields
The most terrible display was the landmines. This was also the most personal for a Cambodian who had lost his leg to a Vietnamese mine.
“I heard the mine click, when I stepped on it. I looked down. When my leg exploded, my own bones became shrapnel, making me blind.”
A major episode of mine laying followed the withdrawal of Vietnamese troops in September 1989, in the military power vacuum that resulted. Government forces laid an enormous quantity of mines to hold back resistance forces on the Thai border. Resistance fighters in turn launched an offensive bigger than any in the war prior to this, and laid mines deep within the country. Mines continued to be employed by the Khmer Rouge and by Government forces even after the 1993 elections. Throughout the three decades of mine laying in Cambodia, it was standard practice to lay much denser minefields than necessary, and to lay them not only in battlegrounds but among civilian communities. Minefield location maps were generally not drawn, and as a result, mine laying frequently took place in already-mined areas. Wet seasons caused mines to move or become buried, which further complicates the task of locating and clearing them.

Diana Australis
Diana Australis
I found this terrifying also....I kept thinking about it all the tme we were in areas with mines in Sri Lanka...beacuse you really cannot see them!
6 years ago.