James Card is a freelance writer and fly-fishing guide living in South Korea. His writing about Korea has appeared in Foreign Policy, Salon, National Geographic News, theChristian Science Monitor, Wired News, ESPN Outdoors, and other publications and media. He is currently at work on a book about his explorations of the Korean backcountry. He can be reached at www.jamescard.net.
THE DMZ of the Korean peninsula has the world’s highest density of landmines. They are estimated to be every 2.3 square meters for a total of 1.2 million, and there is a yearly average of twenty lives claimed by landmines. In April last year, the Donga Daily News ran a photo of soldiers sweeping the Namdae River in South Korea for landmines that were...