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11/30/2008--Siem Reap Province, Cambodia..The Cambodian Landmine Museum ($1, 20 miles north of Angkor Wat on the road to Banteay Srei, no phone, is a jarring reminder of the country?s three decades of war. Established by a former Khmer Rouge child soldier named Aki Ra, the museum not only tells his story but also provides a detailed account of Cambodia?s political and social upheaval, from civil war and American bombardment through the Khmer Rouge insurgency that only ended 10 years ago. Efforts to clear unexploded ordinance and millions of landmines have been taking place since the 1990s, yet it?s estimated that less than half have been cleared. Mr. Aki Ra has deactivated some 50,000 of them, many of which are on view. ..Here, villagers help sort disabled mines and weapons to be put on display...©2008 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.