Building Steps

Three decades of war in Cambodia have left scars in many forms throughout the country. 

Unfortunately, one of the most lasting legacies of the conflicts, land mines and UXOs, continues to claim new victims daily. Now, Cambodia has the one of the highest rates of physical disability of any country in the world, 1 of every 245 Cambodians.  Cambodia is also one of the most heavily mined areas in the world (estimates as high as 10 million mines in a country of almost 15 million people), though the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) estimates 4 to 6 million mines. Cambodia is also littered with other UXOs, unexploded ordinance, left over from half a million tons of bombs dropped by the United States in the 60s and 70s in Cambodia.

Handicap International has been working in Cambodia for almost 30 years, supporting people with disabilities and victims of chronic diseases. The organisation gives priority to these people, working on injury prevention. Prosthetic and rehabilitation are part of the main focus actions, which they have been doing in their physiotherapy centre in Kampong Cham since 2002. The number of beneficiaries has increased enormously since then, accompanied by a rise in orthotic and prosthetic production.

Since 1979, more than 50,000 people have died or been wounded by these war remains in Cambodia.

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