The Story of A Khmer Rouge Soldier
An Evening Presentation by Aki Ra, Founder, Cambodia Landmine Museum and V. Tony Hauser, Photographer Cambodia, after three decades of conflict, has one of the worst land mines problems in the world, with one of the highest number of amputees. Once embedded in the ground, land mines can remain active for up to half a century, posing particular risk to curious children. Former Khmer Rouge child soldier Aki Ra founded the Cambodia Landmine Museum in 1997. What started out as a collection of de-commissioned mines that he had cleared became a recognized non-governmental facility in 2007. Aside from providing a dormitory and a school for children injured by land mines, the museum serves as an education center for visitors and a de-mining training center. Aki Ra's personal story - from a child solider to his current endeavor - has been made in to an award-winning documentary, Year Zero: Story of a Khmer Rouge Soldier. Clips of the film will be shown and Aki Ra will share his gripping story with us. Joining him in discussion will be Canadian photographer V. Tony Hauser, who, inspired by Aki Ra's courage and purpose, documented 16 children living at the facility. The powerful images he recorded were transformed into an international travelling exhibition, Living With Land Mines, which will be coming to Hong Kong at the Leo Lee Arts Centre in Aberdeen in the week of October 12.