Thai armed forces will blow up 3000 land mines for International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, which should be a “blast”.

The ceremony will take place on April 4th at Ban Charas in Surin’s Bua Ched district and is sure to attract attention.

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The mines have been retrieved from the Thai – Cambodian border, which is a story in itself.

Landmines were laid in Cambodia during the ousting of the Khmer Rouge in 1979 and continued until its demise in 1998. As a result, there are literally tens of thousands of land mines to be disposed of.

Cambodia has a history of over 64,000 casualties recorded since 1979 and over 25,000 amputees. This is the the highest ratio per capita in the world.

Many of the land mines still in existence are laid close to the border with Thailand, some even on Thai soil.

For those that attend and enjoy the spectacle on April 4th, spare a thought for the thousands have lost their lives or limbs through these awful weapons.

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