A demining effort established by the joint commitment of Apopo, a registered Belgian non-governmental organisation which trains southern giant pouched rats to detect landmines and tuberculosis, and PPCBank, has allowed 11 families in Siem Reap province to return to their land after clearing the unexploded ordnances (UXOs).
In August last year, in a bid to support the humanitarian activities in Cambodia, PPCBank donated $6,000 to Apopo for their landmine clearance project in Siem Reap province. The donation enabled the NGO to clear 24,000 square metres, which belong to 11 families in the province.
According to Apopo, the project, with 12 “HeroRATs” and their 15 handlers, has safely removed one anti-vehicle mine, seven anti-personnel mines and nine other types of UXO, such as grenades, rockets and mortar bombs from the area.
Source: Khmer Times