I have never put any thought into whether my next step is a safe one. This is not a reality of living in Canada but sadly a very real concern for those living in Cambodia. During my visit in Siem Reap, I took the time to visit the Cambodia Landmine Museum which was founded by Aki Ra, a former Khmer Rouge who defected and ultimately began working as a de-miner.
This museum not only educates visitors to the dangers and impacts of landmines but also helps support a number of children directly impacted by landmines. I was also quite proud to see that there is a strong Canadian connection to the existence of this museum and the international action against landmines through the Ottawa International Treaty to Ban Landmines.
And in case you are wondering, this was taken at the museum itself in a small field filled with landmines and other explosives which shows you how difficult they are to see. As you enter the museum there is a large sign that assures you that the site is 100% free from explosives!
Any proceeds from the sale of this artwork will be donated to one of the charities associated with this museum, click here for more information or if you would like to directly make a donation.