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Into the wild: landscapes from around the world

Landscapes are probably the most photographed subject around the world and often in my own travels. Their beauties are sometimes impossible to capture on camera and often, like David Byrne, it’s best to just enjoy them than try to capture the moment.

Still with that in mind, here are some images of landscapes around the world that try to do the places justice.

Glencoe, Highlands, Scotland

Glencoe, Scotland

Dolomites, Trentino, Italy

Dolomites, Itay.

“To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.”
― Ansel Adams

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Cambodian women removing landmines

I was encouraged to receive this post today from Vodpod about women clearing landmines in Cambodia. The reporter in the video says it’s suprising so many women volunteer to clear the mines. In Kamreang district near Battambang where there are many landmines, 54 of the 91 mine clearers are women, the highest proportion in the region.

On the video women comment:
My community should be free of mines. Clear them all. Then people will be able to use their land productively.
And another:
I won’t stop working until all the landmines are gone.

It’s a dangerous job but the Cambodian Mine Action Centre says women are more careful than men and follow the rules.

I personally don’t find this information startling. Women would no doubt be concerned for the future of their children with a high community consciousness. According to the blurb below the video:
Women were among the first to remove landmines in the 1980s. In Cambodia today, women deminers are vital in the removal process. Removal of landmines insures greater safety for many children in many rural areas surrounding Laos.

Here’s a few statistics from UNICEF on landmines in Cambodia:
* In Cambodia, an average of 20 per cent of children injured by mines and unexploded ordnance die from their injuries.
Afghanistan, Angola and Cambodia have suffered 85 per cent of the world’s land-mine casualties.
* In northern Iraq, Kurdish children have used round mines as wheels for toy trucks, while in Cambodia, children use B40 anti-personnel mines to play ‘boules’, notes the report.
* Cambodian farmland has been so severely contaminated by mines, for example, that only 2,435 families were able to take up allocations of land out of the 85,000 originally scheduled.

I remember my own visit to Battambang, Cambodia and seeing the mine danger signs and tales of children who had stepped on them while playing in a field. There’s fabulous work being done by many organizations to help clear mines. Here’s a few:

# Cambodian Self Help Demining
# Landmine Relief Fund
# Cambodia Landmine Museum Relief Fund
# Cambodian Mine Action Center
# Aki Ra, Landmines and News from the Jungle Blog
# Project Enlighten

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