FUKUOKA--A group is asking Japanese children to donate unneeded videogames, comics and trading cards to help protect their contemporaries in Cambodia from unexploded ordnance.
The Cambodia Mines-remove Campaign (CMC) plans to sell the donated items to pay for awareness campaigns on weekly, hourlong programs broadcast on local radio stations.
“We want to protect Cambodian children with the good will of Japanese children,” said Junpei Furukawa of the group, which supports the removal of landmines and unexploded bombs that still riddle the Southeast Asian country.
According to the Fukuoka-based group, children account for 30 percent of 1,300 Cambodians involved in accidents caused by landmines and unexploded bombs over the past five years. About 80 percent of the children touched the bombs out of curiosity.
The group will collect videogames and other items at cram schools because children are prohibited from bringing items not required for education to schools.
The CMC has raised funds from charity events for landmine removal and victims support activities in Cambodia since 1998.
The group says some Japanese have lost interest in its activities since the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011.
The new program coincides with the International Children’s Day on June 1.
For information, call the CMC at 092-833-7575.
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