Flower Picker Wounded by Landmine Near Border

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A 55-year old man had his leg amputated after he stepped on a landmine near the Thai border in Pursat province’s Veal Veng district, according to local police.
Commune Chief Pich Sophorn said Hean Nann, a Thmor da commune resident, was picking flowers in order to sell them in Thailand when he stepped on the mine left there since Cambodia’s civil war. He was born in Kampot province.
He added that flower sellers could make more than 50,000 riel per kilogram in Thailand, and that the profession was common in his commune.
“Around 2 am on March 29 the local police were contacted and went to the hospital near the place of the explosion. His left leg had been amputated immediately when he got there because it was badly injured,” Mr. Sohporn said.
 “Every day he picked flowers to sell in Thailand to support his family.”

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