Biting insects, inaccessible terrain, impenetrable bamboo thickets and thorn bushes. Mine clearance in Cambodia is a hot, sweaty business at the best of times. Because tripwires hidden in the undergrowth could trigger explosions, the vegetation has to be cleared by hand before mine detection can start. It is a tedious matter and can occupy two-thirds of a mine clearer's working day.
Gasser, Russell and Thomas, Terry
"The Human Touch,"
Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction: Vol. 4
, Article 14.
Available at: http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol4/iss2/14