For the majority of Khmer living in isolated villages, lurking in pooled water sources and deeper well waters are potentially dangerous mixtures of human and animal waste, metals and toxins, diluted lead-based paints, and old or full-strength medicines. Submerged in the land are a variety of harmful materials from discarded rubbish containing leaching toxins to undetected landmines and unexploded bombs from 1969-1999. Cambodia continues to lead all countries as the most heavily mined, as a life-threatening source of daily challenges in the villages for working farmers, children and livestock,
Environmental interactions may be present, seen and unseen, representing major obstacles to the Health & Wellbeing of a family and village. The living, working and recreating environments are significant influencers of family wellness. Lurking within the physical environments of Khmer villages are unknown impingements to the health of individuals. Human waste is often outside of everyday understanding, as long as it remains out-of-sight and out-of-smell. An equally-perplexing scope includes the handling of waste from animals and the disposition of everyday discards, including toxins: batteries including acid, lead, nickel, lithium, cadmium, alkaline, mercury and metal hydride. Water quality is the underlying determinant of living without poisons, diseases and discomforts – all debilitating commonalities accompanying poverty.
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