Visitors to our site might remember Aki Ra, a former Khmer Rouge child soldier turned landmine activist, whom we wrote about when we visited the Landmine Museum outside of Angkor Wat earlier this year. Aki Ra has been nominated as one of CNN’s Heroes for 2010 for his campaign to clear Cambodia’s landmines. As if that were not enough, Aki Ra’s Landmine Museum helps educate people on the landmine plague while earning money to support an orphanage for local children.
Since 1993, Aki Ra and his team have cleared around 50,000 landmines and unexploded ordnance. His dedication to this important cause should definitely earn him this title.
Please vote for Aki Ra to make him CNN’s Hero for 2010. Voting is open through November 18. The results will be aired on Thanksgiving night, November 25.