2 responses to “Cambodia: Landmines, Disability, and Social Stigma”

  1. Elise Matthesen

    Many landmines were manufactured by a Minnesota company, Honeywell, and then later by their spin-off company, Alliant Techsystems. Peace activists and anti-landmine activists have been keeping vigils of protest for many decades now at the headquarters of Honeywell, and now at the headquarters of Alliant.

    There’s more info, including a photo gallery, here: http://www.cptelecom.net/mbayly/facesofresistance8.htm

    Also, a much more detailed writeup here: http://www.slphistory.org/history/honeywellproject.asp

    In the early eighties, one of the protesters was Erica Bouza. Her husband, Tony Bouza, was Minneapolis chief of police back then. She’d go protest, he’d send the squad to arrest the protesters (it was civil disobedience, so protesters knew that they were very likely to be arrested) including his wife, and then the reporters would interview both of them. It was quite the thing, as this news story shows: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1345&dat=19830420&id=C8USAAAAIBAJ&sjid=dPkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5640,706021 She’s quoted as saying, “I told him I was going to do this, but we didn’t discuss it. My husband has been very supportive, he always has been, and I support him in his work.” And he’s quoted as saying, “She does what she thinks is right.”

    Anyhow, thank you very much for posting about this. It’s been going on for so long, and is still so bad….

  2. Meg

    meloukhia, thanks so much for this post.

    I’m a feminist blogger from the US, living and working in Cambodia for several years. My work is focused on women’s health education, so of course accessibility and differing health care needs for people with and without disabilities come up in my job every day.. Reading FWD/Forward always encourages and challenges me to think more broadly about ableism and accessibility, especially in the Cambodian context, so thank you to you and all of the contributors for your consistently great content.

    I’d also like to strongly recommend the work of Banteay Prieb, a vocational training school for PWD right outside of Phnom Penh. Of course, donations are always welcome, but so are visitors and (sometimes) long-term volunteers. Here’s a beautiful article about their work, complete with some amazing pictures: http://www.companymagazine.org/v271/banteay-brieb.html