The January 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine includes an interesting article titled “Cambodia Heals from Land Mines.” The article’s author, Mark Jenkins, will be at Laramie County Community College at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in Arp 128 to talk about his experiences writing this compelling piece.
Mr. Jenkins spent a month in Cambodia – crossing minefields, interviewing victims and looking for Miss Landmine Cambodia – studying the issue of land mines left over from the many wars fought in Southeast Asia during the 20th Century. In addition to the National Geographic article, Mark has developed a public presentation called The Healing Fields: The Legacy of War and the Search for Miss Landmine Cambodia that will form the basis of his LCCC talk.
Worldwide, there are tens of millions of landmines buried in more than 80 countries. Unlike bullets, after a war ends, landmines are still active and can, when triggered, inflict devastating injuries to innocent people. After 30 years of war, Cambodia is one of the most heavily mined countries on earth, but through progressive government programs and substantial foreign aid, it has become the world’s leader in demining and victim rehabilitation.
The Healing Fields will be presented at six different locations in Wyoming. The LCCC forum will be the latest in the International Studies Speakers Series that is co-sponsored by the International Studies programs at LCCC and the University of Wyoming. The forums are free and open to the public.