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Japan provides grant for demining

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Demining personnel in Stung Treng in 2014. Pha Lina

Japan provides grant for demining

The Japanese government has provided nearly $4 million in aid to the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) for demining operations in the Kingdom.

CMAC director-general Heng Ratana told The Post on Sunday that Japan has offered $3,536,680 for mine clearance throughout the Kingdom and another $300,000 for CMAC operations in Battambang province, which also involves supporting mine victims for 12 months starting from January 1 to December 31.

With the new donation, more than 450 mine experts will have enough capacity to clear over 2,750ha of mines.

Since 1992, CMAC has cleared over three million mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO), amounting to around 72 per cent of mines left over from decades of war.

Ny Nhar, Victim Assistance Department deputy director at the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA), told The Post that since 1979 there have been 64,771 mine victims. Of that number, nearly 20,000 were killed and over 40,000 disabled.

“We will provide training and opportunities for them to start a business," he said.