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Camodia's De-miner Divers

Over 30 years since the end of the Khmer Rouge regime which left over 2 Million Cambodians dead, Cambodia and its people still suffers from the legacy of that time in the form of the deadly and hidden threat of Landmines which still kill or injure more than a 100 people each year. Since the early 1990’s Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) has been training de-miners and has been responsible for clearing vast areas of Cambodia from the threat of Landmines. The huge task has now taken a new direction, for CMAC in Conjunction with the Golden West Humanitarian Foundation has selected a 14 strong group of de-miners from 40 hopeful volunteers to become Cambodia’s first elite salvage diving unit. During the early 1970’s ships carrying large stockpiles of explosive ordinance to supply the Khmer Republic where sunk in the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers by the Khmer Rouge. Now unsuspecting fishermen often pull up UXO in their fishing nets, but also the lucrative trade in scrap metal has meant that some have taken to retrieving the UXO and by hand removing the explosives at much danger to themselves and their communities. The Cambodian authorities have seized tons of such illicitly recovered UXO. The selected 14 are being trained not only to dive and recover but also how to do so completely blind. In depths of up to 30 meters and in strong currents the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers are hostile conditions, requiring both physical and mental strength and dexterity. The team are now in their second round of diver training, practicing dive skills, black out training, and rigorous physical training to prepare them for the challenges ahead. 35 images.


10 years of ActionAid Cambodia exhibition in Kampot

10 years of ActionAid Cambodia moved to Kampot last week. Kampot is a charming riverside town in Cambodia and home to many projects which are part of Actionaid. The next exhibition is being planned now, keep you posted.


Charles Fox is a British born photographer currently living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, he has a degree in Photojournalism from the London College of Communications and is represented by Getty Global Assignments.