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Landmine activist feted

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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