Nic Dunlop - Kampong Cham, Cambodia, 1992
Nearly 40 years after the height of the Cambodian conflict, landmines continue to kill and maim civilians of all ages. This weapon of mass destruction in slow motion has led to thousands of amputees in northwestern Cambodia.
The Human Rights Center’s Eric Stover and British deminer, Rae McGrath, conducted the first research on the social and medical consequences of landmines in Cambodia. Their work helped to launch the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which along with its director Jody Williams, won the Nobel Prize in 1997.
“When I began working in Cambodia in the early 1990s,” writes the Bangkok-based photographer Nic Dunlop, “I became obsessed with the problem of landmines and what they were doing to ordinary people. I took the pictures with a burning anger and desire to see these weapons outlawed.” Dunlop’s photographs helped galvanize public opposition to the production and distribution of landmines worldwide.