|The Danger of Unexploded Ordonance (UXO)
Unknown to most
people Laos was since 1964 a side battlefield of the Vietnam
war. It was strangely in everyones interest to hide the
presence of foreigns troups on Laos ground why it was later
also called “The secret war”. From 1964-1973 the US run
secret airforce dropped approximatelly 2 million metric
tonnes of bombs against the joint North Vietnamese and
Pathet Lao troups . This extend of bombing give Laos the sad
record of being the most heavily bombed nation per capita in
history. Two third of the country is affected by unexploded
ordonance. Most incidences happen with children playing with
found UXO and villagers doing work in the fields and
forests. Therefore in almost every village posters of the UN
Founded UXO Lao program are visible to increase the
awareness of the people. The bomb remains are easy visible
and casts are turned into useful items as stilts or plant
pots by the pragmatic Lao people.
Therefore it is very
important not to leave the paths in affected areas or
to touch anything suspicious on the ground.
Map with the density of bomb records.
A house built of bomb shells in Muang Ngoy.
Wall of bomb shells in Muang Ngoy.