A former soldier tries to atone for the sins of his past, while another just wants to learn to swim. They're both recruits hoping to join what would be the country's first team of underwater de-miners. A radio feature with photos.
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A radio piece from Laos, where the sport of wheelchair basketball has become a source of strength for one athlete who had spent his life living in the shadows.
"I just felt like I was different from others," says Samnieng Thommavong, whose extended family shunned him when he lost the use of a leg to polio as a child. "I even felt that I was not fully a human being."
In Laos, a farmer picks through a deadly harvest while distrust stalls political action on a cluster bomb ban.
For years the recipient of international aid, Cambodia now offers some of its hard-fought expertise to other countries: removing deadly remnants of war.