Malai district: From minefields to plantations


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(Phnom Penh Post) Formerly a minefield place had turned into a coconut plantation in Toul Pongro commune, Malai district of Banteay Meanchey. HENG RATANA

After the endeavours and sacrifices of officers from the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC), the once explosives-contaminated Malai district in Banteay Meanchey province is now safe for development, particularly in agriculture.

A major front line in the Cambodian civil wars of the 1980s and ‘90s, and surrounded by the Khmer Rouge until its surrender in 1998, Malai district was once riddled with landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO).

Located in Cambodia’s far northwest, Banteay Meanchey province borders Thailand to the west, Siem Reap province to the east, Oddar Meanchey to the north and Battambang to the south.

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Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 15, 2022

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