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'I want to make my country safe for my people'

On the 30th anniversary of the overthrow of Pol Pot, Aki Ra describes a life of brutalisation as a child soldier, and his work clearing the landmines that are the Khmer Rouge's legacy.

This is an amazing, and harrowing, story of a man who started life in a very harsh regime in Cambodia under Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, subsequently 'joined' several differernt armies, learnt to be an interpreter, and then a landmine clearance expert. Now he lives in peace with his memories and has a small museum, and an extended family that includes several people injured by landmines. I feel that his story is worth reading and opens a window on the past, that is generally being forgotten by the peoples of the western hemisphere.

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