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beating the odds and clearing landmines in cambodia | cambodia

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beating the odds and clearing landmines in cambodia | cambodia

landmine victim tith pao is now 45 years old. he lost his foot to a landmine when he was 20. many landmine victims and those who have been maimed by them face discrimination and find it difficult to find work. pao was fortunate. he is now a successful farmer despite his injury. in beating the odds, he has earned the respect of his neighbours. [nic dunlop/panos/al jazeera]tith pao was 20 years old when he stepped on a landmine in may 1992. within months of his accident, the sole breadwinner of the family was back in landmine-ridden forests looking for wood; it was his only way to earn an income. pao and his family were living in a refugee camp with more than 12,000 people displaced by landmines. 'i felt scared whenever i had to go to the forest and cut wood,' he recalls, 'but i had no choice. i needed to support my family.'   [nic dunlop/panos/al jazeera]after his accident, pao was given a prosthetic foot fitted by the international committee of the red cross (icrc). prosthetist song mom, who has known pao since 1999, fitted him with a new foot. anti-personnel landmines are designed to maim, not to kill. landmine injuries reverse roles and breadwinners become dependents. an injured person often becomes a burden to the family, requiring years of extensive medical care. [nic dunlop/panos/al jazeera]sdao, the district capital of rattanak mondul, was devastated during the war and the surrounding area laced with landmines. a frontline cut the district in two with the gover...