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Landmine victim gets honorary doctorate

Seattle University to recognise efforts of Nobel peace prize winner against weapons

Tun Channareth of JRS Cambodia addresses students at Seattle University where he will receive an honorary Doctorate this week. Tun Channareth of JRS Cambodia addresses students at Seattle University where he will receive an honorary Doctorate this week.
  • ucanews.com staff reporter, Asia Desk, Bangkok
  • Asia
  • June 14, 2011
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Landmine victim, lobbyist and former refugee, Tun Channareth will be awarded an honorary doctorate by Seattle University this week, adding another feather to the cap of this ardent campaigner.

A member of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), Channareth previously accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines in 1997.

In recognition of his efforts, Seattle University president Stephen Sundborg said: "Mr Channareth has reached out with compassion in service to other landmine victims while working tirelessly to rid the world of these insidious weapons.”

Channareth lost both his legs in 1982 after stepping on a landmine before spending 13 years in a Thai refugee camp.

His time in the camp was not spent idly. Channareth took the opportunities afforded by vocational training and subsequently joined JRS Cambodia.

Through his work with the organization, Channareth, provides information and support to other landmine victims.

He also builds wheelchairs for survivors and campaigns around the world to end the production of landmines and cluster bombs.
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