Huffpost Canada ca

Canadian Engineer Designs A Machine To Rid The World Of Landmines

Posted: Updated:
Print

An object the size of a tuna can had a long and menacing hold over Richard Yim’s childhood in Cambodia.

That was the average size of unexploded landmines that dotted parts of the country. Learning which streets and swaths of land to avoid is a childhood rite to many Cambodians — their ominous presence, normalized

So when Yim moved to Canada at the age of 13, one of the very first things he noticed about everyday Canadian life was the freedom to safely go wherever he wanted.

“It’s very different when you suddenly are actually able to walk where you want. It’s such a strange feeling in a way,” he told The Huffington Post Canada.

richard yim
Richard Yim poses with his mom and older brother in a family photo. (Photo: Richard Yim)

According to the Cambodian Red Cross, children account for 50 percent of landmine casualties in the country.

A decade after leaving Cambodia, Yim is utilizing his childhood experience by starting a Canadian company — named The Landmine Boys — to take on the 110 million landmines still buried around the world.

The University of Waterloo graduate is drawing attention for his invention, which could put the dangerous work people undertake defusing landmines in the past.

Watch Yim explain how his machine works in the video above.

With files from Emily Anonuevo

Also on HuffPost:

Close
HALO Trust Landmine Photography Exhibition
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction