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No farming

Cambodian farms yield deadly harvests of land mines and unexploded ordnance, not rice and vegetables

Not many weeks ago, I walked the fields near Battambang in northern Cambodia--called "the rice bowl of Cambodia" because of its good farmland.

But these fields will yield no bounty of rice just yet. During years of war, the fields were planted with hundreds of thousands of land mines and littered with unexploded ammunition, including "bombies" air-dropped by the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.


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