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A benefit concert is in the works!
This is a concert that will raise money for, and heighten the awareness of Complete Cambodia, and the remarkable work we are doing. We are still in the process of recruiting bands to play. If you have any ideas, or if you are in fact in a band, please go to the contact page and send us your information.
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Check out PETALS a project looking to make Landmine Detection simpler and more efficient.
~ Cluster munitions and landmines are brutal reminders
of the horrors of war for the people of Cambodia ~
The U.S. invasion and bombing of Cambodia happened more than 40 years ago as part of the conflict in Vietnam but the cluster munitions that were dropped then still explode and people, especially children, lose eyes, limbs and lives. The Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) estimates that there may be as many as four to six million mines and other pieces of unexploded ordnance in Cambodia1
- From the years of 1964 through 1973 over 2 million tons of ordnance was dropped by United States bombers over Cambodia, the most bombed location in the world to date2
- These bombs and mines are remnants of the Vietnam War and are there secondary to America’s actions during the Menu Campaign that occurred from 1964-1973.
- This is the legacy of three decades of war which has taken a severe toll on the Cambodians; it has some 40,000 amputees, which is one of the highest rates in the world,3 and one of the highest casualty rates of any country with nearly 20,000 deaths from 1979 to July 2012
- The National Level One Survey in Cambodia conducted in 2002 found that 20% of all villages in Cambodia are still contaminated by minefields and/or cluster bomb areas with reported adverse socio-economic impacts on the community4
- These adverse impacts included restrictions on access to agricultural land, pasture land, forests, and water resources, with more than 500,000 families being affected respectively5
- A 2004 Cambodia Socio Economic Survey (CSES) noted that households headed by someone with one or more reported disabilities have significantly less wealth than other households.6
- It has been estimated that households headed by a person disabled by war or landmines live in poverty at levels almost three times higher than if the disability was due to any other cause6
What It Will Take to Demine Cambodia:
The Cambodian Mine Action Authority (CMAA) estimates that the combined cost for demining operations, including technical assistance and in kind contributions for Cambodia are approximately $30 million per year7. Experts also estimate that Cambodia will need another 10 to 20 years to clear the mines8 if the current level of funding is maintained.
1. “Ten Years Achievement and Perspective”. http://www.cmac.gov.kh/userfiles/file/ten-years.pdf.
3. “Landmines in Cambodia”. http://www.seasite.niu.edu/khmer/Ledgerwood/Landmines.htm.
4. “CAMBODIA NATIONAL LEVEL 1 SURVEY”. http://www.sac-na.org/pdf_text/cambodia/Statistical%20Summary.htm.
5.”Reports of Socio Economic Impacts”. http://www.sacna.org/pdf_text/cambodia/socio%20economic%20impacts.htm.
6. “National Plan of Action for Persons with Disabilities, including Landmine/ERW Survivors”. http://www.apminebanconvention.org/fileadmin/pdf/mbc/MSP/9MSP/day4/9MSP-Item12d-27Nov2008-Cambodia-NationalPlan.pdf.
7. “Mine Action Funding”. http://www.the-monitor.org/index.php/publications/display?url=lm/2003/cambodia.html#fn717.
8. “Mineaction on Cambodia”. http://www.mineaction.org/country.asp?c=6.
Complete Cambodia is an activist organization committed to creating a dialogue and raising funds to support landmine relief efforts in Cambodia putting an end to the continued casualties of the Vietnam War.
Complete Cambodia Goals:
• Generate awareness about this forgotten problem in a country that is still impacted by our war
• Support humanitarian programs that positively impact Cambodian communities most affected and the families of landmine victims
• Raise funds to support and accelerate Cambodia’s demining efforts with new, advanced technologies
How Your Support Will Impact Cambodia:
The Cambodian Mine Action Authority (CMAA) established in 2000, regulates and coordinates all mine action activities and establishes policies and procedures. Currently, there are four (main) demining organizations working in Cambodia – The Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC), the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF), The HALO Trust, and the Mines Advisory Group (MAG).
Complete Cambodia has created an alliance with the Mine Advisory Group (MAG) based on our like-minded mission to take a humanitarian approach to landmine action. This means that we, like MAG, will not focus on metrics such as land area cleared or numbers of landmines removed. Instead, we will focus on the impact of our work in local communities. This approach recognizes that although the number of landmines in an area may be small, the effect on a community can be crippling. Targets are therefore determined locally, in response to liaison with affected communities, and local authorities.
By supporting MAG we will demonstrate to our donors and volunteers the direct impact their financial and social support can have on the affected communities in Cambodia.
How You Can Participate:
• We are actively seeking volunteers and donors to help us meet our goals.
• If you are interested in supporting or volunteering in our fundraising efforts, supporting social relief programs and / or would like to join our founder on one of his relief missions to Cambodia, please contact Steve Pennington at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website to learn more and get involved at www.completecambodia.com
As a Los Angeles City Fireman, spending most of the last decade of my career in South Los Angeles, I have witnessed pain and suffering as I’ve treated one of the largest stable homeless populations in the country. Many of our homeless men and women are fallen war veterans, many have drug and alcohol addictions and post-traumatic stress disorder from their experiences in war and surprising as it may seem, many chose to live the life they are in. Further to my day job, I am active as a terrorism liaison officer with the joint regional intelligence center in Los Angeles and understand as a first-responder what we face as a country dealing with the reality that we are protecting our freedom from terrorism on our own soil.
While my freedom, our freedom and the effects of our wars on our people are a product of my daily life, I had never really thought about the people on the other side of our conflicts. I recently found myself drawn to a television program that was talking about landmines in Cambodia. I naively questioned, “why were they looking for bombs in a Cambodia jungle if there is no current conflict in that region?”
Hours passed, yet the program still weighed heavily on my mind. I sought answers on the internet. I had never thought about what happens after war in other countries. I never gave any thought as to what the people of the country must deal with post-conflict. These bombs in Cambodia are from a war that did not occur in my lifetime or theirs, yet they are still plaguing the people of this country. It is hard to fathom casualties of war occurring 50 years later, but that is a reality for the people of Cambodia. If nothing is done to aid the efforts of MAG, this almost certainly will continue on for another 50 years.
The more I learned the more I realized I couldn’t turn a blind eye, I needed to get involved. For American’s choice and freedom is our constitutional right. We have the freedom to choose to be what we want, do what we want and evolve and change our future in any way we want. For the people of Cambodia, they don’t have this choice because the war is still occurring and crippling their people and their country. I realized my humanitarian calling was taking me abroad to learn what I could do to help end the war for the people of Cambodia and help them become a complete society once more. And in that, the Complete Cambodia project was born.
The goal of the Complete Cambodia project is to fundraise and create dialogue about this forgotten problem in a country that is still impacted by our war. With our support of MAG, the people of Cambodia will one day have their land back without the fear of bombs and mines. Their society will finally be free to develop, creating opportunity for self-sustainability and economic growth. Cambodia can finally become complete.
September, 16 2012
Out of a mere conversation with a friend Duc Nguyn, he decided to take on a side project for the upcoming trip to Cambodia. Being native to Vietnam and having traveled home many times, Duc had a very good idea of the needs of the people. He wanted to give them something that symbolized “empathy”. It was decided we would enroll as many people as we could to donate children’s toys, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, small bags of candy, mouth wash….etc. The response was overwhelming. We are going to be able to build approximately 200 bags that will be handed out to the men, woman, and children in the areas that have been affected. The event is taking place at 6pm at a centralized location to all that volunteered on the 16th of September 2012. Find Out More
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