Battambang Province has rich soil, precious gems and forests. The area once produced enough food to feed the entire country. Now the major harvest is landmines and unexploded munitions. But the province, now at peace, does provide opportunity. Villages are springing up wherever road improvements are made. People are homesteading regardless of the risk of landmines and buried bombs or the fact that there is no infrastructure to support them. Those that can't cope, and many can't, end up back in refugee camps or destitute in the larger cities.
"Boch Non The Village of Many Widows,"
Journal of Mine Action
: Vol. 3
, Article 16.
Available at: http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol3/iss3/16