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UPDATE – Cambodia Landmine Museum Incident

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

We would just like to remind everyone that, although rumors about the ongoing situation are rife both on social media and around Siem Reap, most of them are not true, nor are they helpful. We ask you to please not deal in rumors and speculation, and trust us to provide you with updates as they become available.

No other updates are available as of this time.

UPDATE – Cambodia Landmine Museum Incident

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

We have been receiving a lot of inquiries about the current situation. The Landmine Museum staff is working closely with the police, and the investigation is still ongoing. We have no other comments to make at this time. All comments and updates will be posted here on our site.

UPDATE – Cambodia Landmine Museum Incident 

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

The investigation is still ongoing and the museum remains closed for the time being. The children from the Relief Center are all safe and doing well.

As of this time, what we need the most are donations to help cover the costs of lawyers. If you’d like to help, please consider donating.

We are very grateful for all the help and donations we have received so far, we wouldn’t be able to get through these difficult times without your support.

 

UPDATE – Cambodia Landmine Museum Incident

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

To all friends of the Cambodia Landmine Museum and Landmine Relief Fund who have taken the time to donate or offer their help over the last few days, I would like to personally thank you for your support. I apologize for my brevity and the delay in getting this message out, but things have been hectic and we’ve all been extremely busy dealing with the situation at hand.

Our efforts right now are two-fold. First, we are working hard to bring the children back to the Relief Center, the only home they have ever known. Second, we are trying to get our three friends, Aki Ra, Yon, and Thea, released from detention so that they can help with the ongoing investigation.

Rumors about this situation are rife both on social media and around Siem Reap. Most of them are not true, nor are they helpful. I ask you to please not deal in rumors and speculation, and trust us to provide you with updates as they become available.  

Once again, thank you very much for your help and support, it is greatly appreciated during these difficult times.    

-Bill Morse

 

Cambodia Landmine Museum Incident Statement

Friday, August 31st, 2018

To all supporters and friends of the Cambodia Landmine Museum, we are writing to inform you of an incident that took place at the museum earlier this week which we feel you should be made aware of.

On Monday, August 27th, a fire broke out at the Cambodia Landmine Museum in Siem Reap. The fire originated from a storage building behind the museum school, and was contained to that building, although the school also sustained some moderate water damage from the efforts to put out the fire. The museum staff managed to contain the fire until the fire brigade arrived and extinguished it. There were no injuries.

The police are now investigating the incident. All of the museum staff have been questioned by the authorities and Aki Ra has been detained for questioning, along with the museum’s Assistant Director Yon Oeurn and Operations Manager Sokhunteah Heanh. Aki Ra has resigned from his duties at both CSHD and the Cambodia Landmine Museum to deal with these legal matters and recurring health issues.

The authorities have closed the museum down while the investigation is ongoing to ensure nothing else in the facilities poses any danger to the public. At this time we are unsure of how long the museum will remain closed. All of the children and young adults living at the museum’s Relief Center have been relocated to suitable housing and have adequate staff taking care of them until the future of the museum can be determined. We have been working with local social workers to ensure the children are all safe and properly taken care of.

Although the museum is not a part of CSHD, and the two are separate entities, CSHD staff has also been questioned by the police due to their association with Aki Ra, and their storage facilities and related documentation have been inspected. Finding everything in order, CSHD has been given the all clear and the team members are expected to go back out onto the field on Monday to continue their demining and explosive ordnance disposal work.

The investigation is still ongoing and we will provide further updates as they become available to us. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the appropriate authorities for their collaboration as well as all friends and supporters who have offered their help during these last few days.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have at this time.

Thank you,
Cambodia Landmine Museum

Now, more than ever, we need your continuing support.

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We strive to educate our visitors of the importance of clearing landmines in Cambodia. With potentially 5,000,000 still in the ground, landmines have immensely impacted the history and culture of this amazing society. Our collection of thousands of landmines is impressive. What is even more impressive is the story of the one Khmer man, Aki Ra, who disarmed the majority of these landmines alone.

We don’t stop there though! We also educate and support over two dozen at-risk Khmer children who otherwise would never have had this bright of a future. The Relief Center where they, and staff, live is located on the museum property. We are currently developing a farm behind the museum!

This cause could never have received as much attention and support if it were not for our visitors, supporters, and donors! We THANK YOU for your time and contributions. To get involved please donate today, contact us for further information, or sign up for our newsletter!

Thank you!

The Cambodia Landmine Museum and Relief Center

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