Cambodia is a nation that has a deep and a heart tugging history. Most of this history is lined with sad and painful war stories. ‘…The world ought to know what Cambodia has been through. The many yesterdays were sacrificed that made the todays standing tall; the Cambodian blood that has been through it all…’ That was the intention that Aki Ra had when he set up the Cambodia Landmine Museum in the year 1997. Aki Rai was an ex child soldier and his story itself stands as a shining example for what many Cambodians experienced while being in the Khmer Rougue.
He was just a boy of 10 but he was a fighter, a soldier of the Khmer Rogue. He was front line in the battlefield as a boy but today he is a renowned and an internationally recognized Hero. Aki Rai’s story is one that you will learn in the Museum. His efforts to protect people from deadly landmines inspired him to start up a museum. He started his mission in the early 90’s when he began working for the UN and clearing Angkor Wat of landmines and unexploded ordinance. He searched for landmines, detonated them and took some of the shells home for the others to see, while he came home he brought with him wounded and orphaned children and raised them with his own. Today the Museum has established a Relief Center that cares for around 3 dozen victims of this nature.
In this Museum, Aki Rai has put together an array of different types of landmines, all defused and safe and he has on display in-depth information enabling you to can learn all you need to know about landmines; how it works and how it can be deactivated. These deadly weapons played a huge part in killing and destroying the lives of so many Cambodians. Today the Museum plays a huge part in getting rid of landmines in Cambodia and the rest of the world.
Umanga Kahandawaarachchi is a passionate travel writer who writes under the pen name, Maggie Tulliver. Her field of writing covers a wide array of content and articles related to travel and hospitality industry.