Peace Boat Mine Abolition Campaign (P-MAC)

Volunteers in Japan collect donations for the 100yen PMAC campaign

Peace Boat's P-MAC Campaign runs landmine education programs, combining workshops at schools in Japan and educational study tours to Cambodia. In addition to fundraising for landmine clearance, building schools in affected areas and assistance to landmine victims, P-MAC encourages Peace Boat's participants to learn and experience firsthand how landmines affect people on an individual level, and about the global efforts to ban and remove landmines.

There are about 80 million land mines remaining throughout the world. The majority of those were laid during the wars in the last and early in this century. Even now there are 24 victims everyday from land-mines, which is one person per hour. This harsh reality means that in many countries where the war ended many years ago, the impact of the war continues to this day. Just one landmine can have a devastating impact on the life of an individual and that individual's family.

Peace Boat participants and children play at Koh Ker Primary School built on land cleared of land-mines through PMAC campaigns.

The 100 yen Campaign started in 1998, when participants visited Cambodia on a study tour to learn about land mines, they realised that it cost only 98 cents to clear one square meter of land of land-mines which is about 100 yen. This was the 100 yen campaign. Now every Sunday, volunteers throughout Japan collect donations through the 100 yen campaign for land-mine clearance and education for the local population to minimise the damage caused by land-mines.

Volunteers have collected enough money through the P-MAC campaign to clear an area of land 1,369,689 square meters, the same size as 29 Tokyo Domes, and built four primary schools on the cleared land, giving children in the area the opportunity to study in safety. P-MAC is currently working to raise money to clear land-mines in Trapeang Khna Village in Cambodia.

Peace Boat participants learn from a CMAC expert about the devastating effect of landmines

On every Peace Boat Global Voyage, an educational programme is organised for participants to learn more about the issue of landmines in Cambodia. Most landmines in Cambodia were laid in the 1970s during the war between the military government forces and the Khmer Rouge but still can be found dangerously close to where villagers live and tend farmland and where children go to school. Participants on the educational programmes see first-hand how much land-mines affect ordinary people's daily lives.

Cambodia Mine Action Centre (CMAC) is a government agency in Cambodia working on land-mine clearance in the country. Participants on the study tours visit CMAC offices where they learn about land-mines in detail, how specialised teams are removing unexploded devices and educational programmes for to teach children about the dangers of land-mines. They also visit a centre to support land mine survivors.

After having participated in the study tour, the participants return to the ship where they prepare a presentation to share what they have learned with the other participants onboard and conduct fund-raising activities.

P-MAC website (Japanese)