Children and Bombs: Horrific Story from Laos
Posted: Feb 24, 2021
Tragically, earlier this month five children discovered that even 45 years after the war, these lethal bombs can still be found almost anywhere.
On February 4th, 2021, in Vientiane Province, five children were walking home from school laughing and playing along the way. One spotted something that resembled a set of toy balls and gathered them and started playing.
The children, ages 10 and under, soon realized that these “balls” were not toys. The explosion killed two of the children immediately and left the remaining three severely injured.
This is unacceptable and we mourn the loss of these precious lives with the families and community. No child should have to live in fear from the dangers of bombs dropped over five decades ago.
Thirty years ago, my father taught my brother, Mickey and I to walk on well-worn paths to avoid stepping on cluster bombs. Today, despite years of clearance work in Laos, the dangers of UXO still lurk beneath the ground.
In the wise words of our Founder, Channapha Khamvongsa, “There are many, many problems in this world that might not be able to be solved in a lifetime. But this is one that can be fixed. Given that it was ignored for so long, we need to redouble our efforts and finish the job.”
Our team will continue to push for U.S funding to clear Laos and ensure that survivors receive the help that they need.
This is not the type of news that we want to share but it is the reality. We thank you for your support and hope you will stay in this fight with us until we get the job done, together!
This is a school where Sera and her siblings attended in the outskirts of Vientiane, just miles away from where the five children attended school.
Special Thank You
Thank you to our friends at the National Regulatory Authority (Laos) for keeping us informed of all incident reports like the one we are sharing today.