Press Coverage & Related Resources

Press Coverage

The Fight to Demine Laos” by Claire Knox, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, May 11, 2017

After War, A New Legacy of Peace in Laos” by Channapha Khamvongsa, The Medium, September 7, 2016

America’s Secret War in Laos Uncovered” by Bob Woodruff and Karson Yiu, ABC News, September 9, 2016:

The Heroes Behind Obama’s Historic Announcement in Laos” by John Cavanagh, The Nation, September 6, 2016.

U.S. Bombs Dropped Decades Ago in Laos Still Killing People” by Adriana Diaz, CBS News, September 5, 2016.

Obama to Announce $90 Million Package to Clear Laos’ Unexploded Bombs” by Elise Labbott, CNN, September 6, 2016

My Friends Were Afraid of Me: What 80 Million Unexploded US Bombs did to Laos” by Rebekah Wright, CNN, September 5, 2016

Barack Obama Lands in Laos for First Visit” by Josh Lederman and Kathleen Hennessey, The Associated Press, September 5, 2016

Obama Heads to Laos for ASEAN Summit, Historic Visit” by Ron Allen, NBC News, September 5, 2016

Obama to Address Lethal Legacy of Secret War in Laos” by Amy Sawitta Lefevre, Swiss Info, September 5, 2016

Obama Faces Grim Legacy of America’s ‘Secret War’ on Landmark Laos Trip” by Benjamin Dodman, France 24, September 5, 2016

Lethal Legacy of Secret War in Laos” by Amy Sawitta Lefevre, Reuters, September 5, 2016

Leftover Bombs from Vietnam War a Threat in Laos“, Reuters, September 5, 2016

Obama Becomes First Sitting President to Visit Laos” by Thomas Maresca, USA TODAY, September 5, 2016

Obama Seeks to Curb China’s Expanding Clout, Move Beyond Past in Laos” by Richard S. Ehrlich, The Washington Times, September 4, 2016

“Obama in Laos: Cleaning Up After the Secret War” by Brett Dakin, The Diplomat, September 3, 2016

“Laotian, Hmong Americans Cautiously Optimistic Ahead of Obama’s Laos Visit” by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, NBC News, August 30, 2016

“President Obama’s Historic Visit To Laos Comes at a Perfect Time” by Kou Yang, Ed.D.,, August 23, 2016

“Obama’s Upcoming Visit to Laos Aims to Begin New Chapter” by Michael Doyle,, August 18, 2016

“Laos Victims of Unexploded Artillery Face Unintentional Consequences” by Daniel De Carteret, Voice of America, August 4, 2016

“Secrets, Denial, and, Decades Later, a Medal of Honor for a Vietnam” Medic by Dave Phillips, The New York Times, July 30, 2016

“Obama Set to Announce More Funding for Clearing Old Bombs in Laos” by Daniel De Carteret, Voice of America, June 16, 2016

“The Bombs Beneath Us: Unexploded Ordnance Linger Long After Wars Are Over” by Sarah Kaplan and Nick Kirkpatrick, The Washington Post, August 13, 2015

“One Woman’s Mission to Clear Millions of Unexploded Bombs” by Thomas Fuller, The New York Times, April 5, 2015

Video Links

Laos Free by Cory Sheldon, This is the story of the bombing of Laos by the United States during the Vietnam war and the consequences of the 80 million bombs still remaining in the country today. Part narrative and part info-graphic, the film tells the story of what happened, what life is like today and possibilities for the future.

2016 Letter to U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

Cluster Munitions Monitor (2015): Lao PDR Country Profile

Fact Sheet National Regulatory Authority for UXO

Remarks from Under Secretary Maria Otero’s Handover of UXO removal equipment

Press Release: State Department on Bilateral Talks between the US and Laos

Report from US State Department on Laos, from To Walk the Earth in Safety: Asia, 2015

Cluster Bomb Fact Sheet (from Legacies of War)

The UXO Sector in Laos, by Titus Peachey, The Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction July, 2016, pp. 37-41.

 This article describes ordnance clearance and victim assistance in Laos, including some of the recent successes and remaining challenges. The article also highlights the critical stage of the sector and the important role the U.S. government must play in order to complete the task.  Peachey was Co-Director of Mennonite Central Committee programs in Laos in the early 1980’s and helped begin the UXO clearance program in 1994.