Long fight against a hidden killer


The conflict may be over, but the danger lives on. Landmines left by insurgents and government forces have contaminated Thailand for more than four decades. Buried just beneath the surface, these weapons are designed to kill and injure those who misstep. They hide just off of well-worn paths, in fields, forests and sometimes dangerously close to places people call home.

A dismal treasure hunt, finding these weapons scattered across the countryside has been a challenge — perhaps a bigger challenge than the country realised when it committed to being landmine-free nearly 20 years ago.

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Source: Bangkok Post