One Step Beyond – Cambodia – Mine Clearance
Along the Thai and Laotian borders in northern Cambodia lies a formidable minestrip, 1-2 km wide and 600 km long: the K5 Minebelt. The Vietnamese occupying forces forced 100,000 Cambodian slave labourers to plant it over a period of one and a half years at the end of the 1970's. More than 3 million mines were laid.
In the deminer's underground storage area, documentation on the status of work along a road to be cleared in Anlong Veng is displayed, and a minefield map is drawn in. There is also a bound book containing information describing the locations and conditions of locations where mines have been found, the mine type, and whether they had been destroyed in situ – which is usually the case – or have been disarmed.