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Landmine activist feted

Cambodian landmine activist Aki Ra on Sunday received one of this year’s seven Manhae Prizes, created in honour of Korean nationalist and Buddhist monk Han Yong-un.

After the Khmer Rouge forced him to plant mines as a child, Aki Ra began demining work under the UN, risking his life using the most rudimentary of tools.

He has continued his efforts as the founder of the NGOs Cambodian Self-Help Demining and the Cambodia Landmine Museum in Siem Reap, which pays for and shelters children wounded or orphaned by landmines.

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