by Clare O'Reilly, Programme Officer, MAG
The Ratanakiri region of north-east Cambodia was so heavily bombed during the Vietnam War that an estimated 1.9 million to 5.8 million cluster munition remnants continue to threaten lives there.
Added to this problem are huge amounts of landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) left over from three decades of conflict.
People in Ratanakiri are mostly from the Tampuen, Kreung and Jarai indigenous communities. Most don’t speak any of the national language, Khmer, and have had limited access to education.