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America’s shame: The unspoken danger of Lao’s hidden bombs

Posted: Aug 23, 2016

America’s shame: The unspoken danger of Lao’s hidden bombs TOPICS:Unexploded OrdinanceVietnam War Photo;M M/CC BY 2.0 AUGUST 21, 2016 00 By Dung Phan It was a cold day in Laos, and huddled around a fire for warmth was Sak and his brother and friends. He was playing with a rusty ball, assuming it was safe, […]

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Obama Set to Announce More Funding for Clearing Old Bombs in Laos

Posted: Jun 21, 2016

Voice of America June 16, 2016 By Daniel De Carteret XIENG KHOUANG, LAOS— The lush green landscape of Laos’ northeastern Xieng Khouang province masks what almost a decade of conflict left behind. Millions of cluster munitions, known in Laos as “bombies,” are scattered among the rice fields and mountains, many buried deep below the surface. […]

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CNN: Cleaning up leftover Vietnam-era bombs in Laos

Posted: Jan 29, 2016

CNNi talks to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) about his involvement in pushing for more Congressional money to clean up unexploded munitions in Laos.

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First on CNN: Obama to push to clear leftover Vietnam-era bombs

Posted: Jan 24, 2016

By Elise Labott, CNN Updated 10:34 PM ET, Sun January 24, 2016 Vientiane, Laos (CNN) Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Laos on Sunday ahead of a major push by the Obama administration to fix a decades-old wrong: clearing up leftover Vietnam-era U.S. bombs. Kerry’s visit will help usher in a new partnership with a […]

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Boston Globe: “John Kerry to discuss unexploded US bombs on trip to Laos”

Posted: Jan 22, 2016

JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT/ASSOCIATED PRESS Secretary of State John Kerry. By Daniel Malloy GLOBE CORRESPONDENT JANUARY 22, 2016 VIENTIANE, Laos — More than 40 years later, it is still a regular event in the countryside. A child picks up what looks like a toy, a farmer hits a buried shell with a shovel, or a villager tries […]

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United States Announces $15 Million Assistance Package for the Lao UXO Sector

Posted: Jun 23, 2015

The United States is strengthening its commitment to the UXO sector in Laos by increasing its total assistance for Laos’ UXO sector to $15 million this year.  U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel announced the new assistance during the annual U.S.-Lao PDR Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue, which took place in Washington, D.C. on June 19.  […]

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International New York Times: “Cleaning a land riddled with bombs”

Posted: Mar 30, 2015

One woman has led a single-minded effort to clean up the fallout of a nine-year American air campaign that made Laos one of the most heavily bombed places on earth.

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The Guardian: “Laos: Thousands suffering from the deadly aftermath of US bomb campaign”

Posted: Jan 31, 2015

Matteo Fagotto Saturday 31 January 2015 16.04 EST Fifty years after US combat troops entered Vietnam, neighbouring Laos is still dealing with unexploded bombs from fierce air attacks “If I had arrived 15 minutes later at the hospital, I would have died. I underwent 12 blood transfusions in order to survive.” Sitting in the living […]

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