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Thursday, June 02, 2016

Laos: UXO

For such a hot country we went to a decidedly chilling museum today. There are millions of unexploded bombs in Laos - which was a neutral country after all. But the cluster bombs are the worst.

The little bombs inside cluster bombs dropped by the USA in their carpet bombing during the Vietnam War are called bombies. Someone dies everyday in Laos when one of the still undiscovered 78,000,000 unexploded bombies goes off. They have a range of 30m. Many of those killed are children at play. 

They joke here that everyone who lives here has 15 bombies waiting for them with their names on.

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