The GT reporter sits next to a minefield danger sign in Balihe. Photo: Cui MengGT
Wang Kaixue shows all the mines he has dismantled in the past. Photo: Cui MengGT
I began to feel the longstanding influence of war the minute I stepped into Balihe village cheap adidas superstar , which borders Vietnam in Southwest China's Yunnan Province.
It is known as a "mine village," as in the region there are large - though no one knows how large - numbers of unexplored mines buried all around, remnants left over from the Sino-Vietnamese War nearly four decades ago.
We arrived at the village in May to report on the lives of villagers, the struggles they face living in such a dangerous environment and the efforts made by them and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to remove these deadly weapons.
Before we kicked off our journey adidas superstar sale , my colleague told me at the airport that he had just accidentally broken his favorite vase, which he worried was a "bad omen."
My colleague, a strong photographer, served in the army for two years. He knows clearly the horrible impact an exploding mine can have on a human body.
I read some articles about the village and did preliminary research about the possible dangers we might encounter. Despite the psychological expectations I had adidas superstar shoes , stepping onto the land meant something different.
Signs with skulls on them stand everywhere in the village, warning passersby that the surrounding area is littered with landmines and should be avoided.
But for the sake of putting food on the table, it's almost impossible for the locals to stay out of these places, as they have to pick tea leaves adidas superstar blue , grow vegetables and search for firewood in these forbidden lands. In every household, there is at least one person missing a limb due to a mine.
I got to know Wang Kaixue in the village, a man with a primary school education who taught himself how to dismantle mines. Wang's father was killed by a mine and he declared a personal war on mines as a child.
He doesn't own any professional equipment and believes his eyes and intuition are more accurate mine detectors than sophisticated equipment.
Every day he goes to areas where thousands of mines are buried to collect them, because he said the land "is too fertile and abandoning it is a total waste."
His campaign adidas superstar white , which is incredibly dangerous, isn't supported by the local government. But he is dissatisfied with their simple and crude way of dealing with the problem: erecting warning signs.
I asked him to take me to the mine zone where he performs his daily self-imposed duty.
"Are you bold enough?" he questioned. We told him we were. He then told me one time he detonated a mine in front of a reporter, who grew scared and could barely stand.
It took us 20 minutes driving along the steep mountain to get from his house to the minefield. When we got out of the car, he told us to follow his footprints and that he had already harvested tens of thousands of mines from the area where we were walking.
Wang showed us a plot he is using as a pear orchard where he claimed he has successfully cleared all the mines. But still a larger part of the area is still filled with unexploded mines. There adidas superstar black , he showed us how he uses his sickle to push aside the soil to locate mines and then uses his bare hands to dismantle them.
We stayed on Wang's turf for several hours. Both of us felt relieved when we left. But this is Wang's daily routine.
Wang is lucky as so far he hasn't got into a serious accident. After visiting Wang, I got the opportunity to talk to a PLA officer who is in charge of a mine-sweeping team in the region, the third time the military has deployed troops to clear mines. The first two mine clearance missions by the military were conducted in 1990s.
The officer said that before they embarked on the mission, his leader told him he must guarantee safety of every soldier. But just several days after I returned to Beijing adidas superstar gold , I learned that a young soldier in a different team had died while mine-sweeping.
During my interview, I asked the soldiers whether they wanted to move to another assignment. To my surprise, most of them said they didn't want to.
The sentiment that touched me most came from a villager who said, "The border needs guards. If we leave adidas superstar rose gold , the border will become more vulnerable and other nations will invade."
While I do admire such lofty goals, I can't help but think why it's always the ordinary people who pay the price for war?
SKOPJEa292; Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- The gross domestic product (GDP) of Macedonia at current prices in 2015 was 558a292;240 million denars (around 10.18 billion U.S. dollars)a292; according to preliminary data issued by the State Statistical Office of Macedonia Friday.
Speaking in nominal termsa292; Macedonian GDP increased by 5.8 percent in comparison with 2014 while the real GDP growth rate for 2015 was 3.8 percenta292; data showed.
The GDP growth in 2015 was mainly driven by the sectors of wholesale and retail tradea292; repair of motor vehicles and motorcyclesa292; transportation and storagea292; accommodation and food service activities.
The final consumption in 2015 increased by 3.6 percent in nominal terms compared with the previous year while its share in the structure of GDP was 85.1 percent.
The share of export of goods and services in GDP was 48.8 percenta292; according to the preliminary data.
On the other handa292; the total value of gross fixed capital formation (GFCF) for 2015 was 129a292;095 million denars. (1 U.S. dollar=54.83 Macedonian denar)
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Rome will become only the third Ryder Cup host from Continental Europe after Italy pipped Germany, Spain and Austria on Monday in the bidding race to stage.
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