Editor's note: This story is part of DEADLY DEBRIS, a three-month investigation by a team of students at Northwestern University's Medill Graduate School of Journalism that examines the deadly legacy of the United States' use of landmines and cluster bombs around the world and its $3.2 billion effort to clean them up. Medill students reported the series from Cambodia, Iraq, Ukraine and Mozambique.
BANTEAY MEANCHEAY PROVINCE, Cambodia — Thousands of Cambodians — men, women and children alike — are struggling every day with the legacy of war this Southeast Asian nation has endured.
Survivors of injuries from remnants of war — landmines and other unexploded ordnance — need treatment for life, including prosthetic devices for arms or legs that were blown off. They rely on access to free rehabilitation centers funded by the Cambodian government, the International Committee of the Red Cross and NGOs to get it.
But as funding decreases, some Cambodian officials are calling on Washington to contribute more as a way to fix a problem largely of the United States' own making.