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Legacies of War to appear at US Congressional Hearing on UXO in Laos

Posted: Apr 20, 2010

Legacies of War will be appearing before Congress to discuss the issue of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) in Laos and U.S. funding for their removal. The hearing will be held before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment, chaired by Rep. Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa).

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Legacies of War: Unexploded Ordnance in Laos

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.

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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.

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Sacramento Bee: “Viewpoints: U.S. must clean up leftover bombs in Laos”

Posted: Mar 21, 2010

I received an e-mail a few weeks ago from a colleague in Laos regarding yet another deadly accident. On Feb. 22 a cluster bomb that the U.S. dropped on Laos more than four decades ago killed five children and severely injured another. The children, ages 10 to 14, were feeding their water buffalo in a rice field when they found the bomb. They were the latest victims among the more than 300 new casualties that occur every year – one-third of them children, according to Lao government figures.

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Cluster Munition Coalition: “Lao PDR: Five children killed in cluster bomb blast”

Posted: Mar 11, 2010

Five children were killed and one injured when a cluster submunition exploded in a village in Lao PDR’s Champasak province on 22 February 2010. The incident highlights the need for urgent action to assist survivors and ensure the clearance of cluster munition remnants when states parties to the treaty banning cluster bombs gather for their first official meeting in the Lao capital, Vientiane, this November, the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) said today.

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NPR: “Laos’ Unexploded Bombs: Deadly Scrap Metal, Toys”

Posted: Mar 5, 2010

During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military dropped more bombs on supply routes in Laos than it did on all of Europe during World War II. Laos is paying the price, as the countryside is still riddled with unexploded bombs — many of which look like harmless metal spheres. Bomb disposal units are trying to reclaim the land from tons of unexploded ordnance.

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Speaker & Film Screening in Boston Area

Event Date: Jan 20, 2010

Walt Haney, Forbush Library Trustee and longtime resident of Westminster, will give a talk on “The Bombing of Laos and the Continuing Tragedy of Cluster Bombs.”

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July 2009 Newsletter – U.S. Funding for UXO Removal in Laos

Posted: Jul 1, 2009

Memory Tree Workshop in Seattle with Artist Judy Shintani, Advocacy Update, International Effort to Ban Cluster Bombs

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