Posted: Jul 7, 2011
Newly released statistics from the government of the Lao PDR reveal that the number of casualties due to unexploded ordnance (UXO) dropped from an average of 300 per year to 117 per year in 2009 and 2010. The dramatic reduction follows years of sustained efforts from Laotian teams and international NGOs to combat the threat of UXO.
Category: Press Releases
Posted: Aug 3, 2010
Legacies of War joins the thousands of cluster bomb survivors in Laos and around the world to celebrate the Entry into Force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions. The Convention on Cluster Munitions is the most significant disarmament and humanitarian treaty in more than a decade; 108 countries have signed the treaty and 38 countries have ratified it. Lao PDR, the most heavily bombed country, per capita, in history, and one of the first countries to sign the treaty, will host the convention’s First Meeting of State Parties in Vientiane, Lao PDR, in November 2010.
Posted: Jul 15, 2010
Former United States ambassadors to Laos are calling on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to significantly increase funding for the removal of unexploded ordnance left behind in Laos during the Vietnam War. The ambassadors have endorsed the recommendation of Legacies of War, a U.S. non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the unexploded ordnance (UXO) problem in Laos, that the U.S. make an annual commitment of $10 million over the next ten years for unexploded bomb removal in Laos. In a letter to Secretary Clinton, the ambassadors stated that “only steady U.S. leadership and additional resources will ultimately bring this sad and unfortunate legacy of the Vietnam War to a safe and honorable conclusion.”
Posted: Apr 19, 2010
Legacies of War will testify at the House of Representatives hearing, “Legacies of War: Unexploded Ordnance in Laos,” led by the leadership of Representative Eni F.H. Faleomavaega (D-AS), Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment (Committee on Foreign Affairs). The hearing comes exactly 39 years ago when a Senate hearing, chaired by the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, helped to expose the U.S. secret bombing of Laos and shed light on the destruction and displacement of hundreds of thousands of Lao refugees. Today’s House of Representative hearing is the first in 40 years to look at the current devastation caused by these deadly unexploded bombs.
40 years after US secret bombing exposed, US Congressional hearing looks at leftover unexploded bombs
Posted: Apr 17, 2010
40 years after U.S. secret bombing exposed, U.S. Congressional hearing looks at leftover unexploded bombs. The House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment, chaired by Rep. Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa), will examine the issue of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) in Laos and U.S. funding for their removal.