A jarring counterpoint to the ancient Khmer glories on display
at Angkor Wat are the more recent horrors of Cambodia's political
and social upheavals. This museum, founded by Aki Ra, a former
Khmer Rouge child soldier, provides a clear and compelling account
of this troubled time, and the appalling legacy of landmines and
unexploded ordinance that still blights the lives of the Cambodian
people's lives today. Despite ongoing effort to find and defuse
these sleeping weapons, it is estimated that less than half have
been cleared. Aki Ra himself deactivated over 50,000 of them, many
on his own initiative. The museum contains hundreds of these
landmines, and many other weapons too.
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