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Actor arrives to highlight mine plight

Actor arrives to highlight mine plight

ACTOR Sam Waterston, who played US journalist Sidney Schanberg in the Academy

Award-winning movie The Killing Fields, arrived in Phnom Penh yesterday (July 11)

in an effort to help highlight Cambodia's mine problem to the world.

Waterston is part of a five-day visit organized by the Washington-based Refugees

International. Others visiting are Refugees International board member James Kimsey,

founder of American Online, former congressman Chet Atkins, and Lionel Rosenblatt

and Yvette Pierpaoli of Refugees International.

The delegation will visit mine-clearing operations, and relevant Government, UN and

NGO representatives.

While focusing primarily on the problem of mines, the delegation will also look at

the plight of landless returnees and IDPs. "The lack of demined land available

for returnees, internally displaced and demobilized soldiers is complicating their

already difficult reintegration," according to an RI statement.

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