The Cambodian Mine Action Authority will request Prime Minister Hun Sen to appoint Cambodian Landmine Museum owner Oeun Yeak, better known as Akira, as a goodwill ambassador in recognition of his contributions to demining work.
Ly Thuch, CMAA vice president, said that he would send the request to Mr Hun Sen after a working group completes evaluating all that Mr Yeak has done to serve the nation.
“It is only right that Mr Akira should be made a goodwill ambassador because of the mine clearing work he has done for our nation,” he said.
Mr Thuch noted that other countries have rewarded people who have contributed to their nations by appointing them as goodwill ambassadors.
“It is a way to recognise his efforts to jointly work with the CMAA to clear mines in the country,” he said. “So we will request to Samdech Hun Sen to providing the honorary title to him.”
Mr Yeak is a former Khmer Rouge child soldier who worked as a deminer and is the museum’s curator. His devotion to demining and care for young victims of landmines garnered him the title CNN Hero by the cable news channel in 2010.
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