Aki Ra, a former Khmer Rouge child soldier has personally found and/or destroyed over 50,000 land mines. He now trains bomb experts, curates a mine museum, and advocates for demining and the victims of mines.

Aki Ra

Not to be confused with Akira (disambiguation).

Aki Ra (sometimes written Akira) is a former Khmer Rouge conscripted child soldier who works as a deminer and museum curator in Siem Reap, Cambodia. He has devoted his life to removing landmines in Cambodia and to caring for young landmine victims. Aki Ra states that since 1992 he has personally removed and destroyed as many as 50,000 landmines, and is the founder of the Cambodian Landmine Museum.

Early life

Aki Ra is unsure of his age, but believes he was born in 1970 or 1973. His parents were killed by the Khmer Rouge. Orphaned in a Khmer Rouge camp, he was taken in by a woman named Yourn who raised him and several other orphaned children. Like many others, he soon became a child… Continue Reading (5 minute read)

4 thoughts on “Aki Ra, a former Khmer Rouge child soldier has personally found and/or destroyed over 50,000 land mines. He now trains bomb experts, curates a mine museum, and advocates for demining and the victims of mines.”

  1. billbixbyakahulk

    If you want to see a chilling documentary check out S-21: Khmer Rouge killing machine. They interview 2 of the VERY few survivors of that prison (12 out of 20,000) and two of the former guards. Really puts a human face on it. And if you’re ever wondered “how could a human being do that sort of thing?”, it’s a fascinating examination.

  2. Teemotep187

    The land mine museum outside Siem Reap is very interesting. Not so much for the displays, but rather the people that speak there. Lots of limbless people with stories about their experiences living in the world’s biggest minefield. However, some of the most unique perspectives on mines were the people speaking positively about them. Children having no way to protect themselves other than by using mines. Sobering as hell…

  3. bonniefrmjax

    Watched Josh Gates on ‘Expedition Unknown ‘ interview him & blow up a mine they found. There are still millions of landmines in Cambodia. Tragic

  4. PoglaTheGrate

    Not the holiday I was expecting, but I’ll take it

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