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Legacies Joins International Community to Celebrate Entry Into Force

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.

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The Christian Science Monitor: “As cluster bomb ban takes effect, the view from Laos”

Posted: Aug 1, 2010

The young woman brushes her metal detector over coarse, dry grass in a field near a primary school. Against the sound of children playing, the machine beeps as she searches for unexploded bombs dropped by American aircraft four decades ago.

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Cluster Munition Coalition: “Cluster Bomb Ban Treaty Takes Effect Worldwide”

Posted: Jul 29, 2010

The Convention on Cluster Munitions takes effect on Sunday, 1 August 2010, when it becomes binding international law in countries around the world. In dozens of countries, campaigners from the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) will join UN agencies, governments and international organisations in events celebrating the swift entry into force of the most significant disarmament and humanitarian treaty in over a decade.

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MinnPost: “In Laos, villagers turn American war scrap into inventive tools”

Posted: Jul 29, 2010

VIENTIANE, Laos — A scorching sun settled across southern Laos, as farmers burned the land to make new fields.

A woman hacked at weeds with two young children in tow, the heat of a nearby fire caking her in a sweaty, sooty film. She paused a moment, wiped her neck, then hoisted her hoe. Sitting behind her thatched hut was the casing of a 750-pound bomb made at Pine Bluff Arsenal, Arkansas. Its label was clear: “Special firework. Handle carefully. Keep fire away.”

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MAG: “Lao PDR, Cluster casualties continue”

Posted: Jul 27, 2010

The upcoming ban on cluster munitions, which will enter into force on 1 August, has not lessened the need for unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance to continue.

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PR Newswire: “War-torn Laos Football Team Win Major Football Trophy”

Posted: Jul 26, 2010

An Under-18s football team from Laos, one of the poorest countries on Earth, have been awarded a key trophy at the world’s largest youth football tournament.

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NHK World: “Unexploded US cluster bombs causing serious problems in Vietnam, Laos”

Posted: Jul 26, 2010

The foreign ministers of Japan and Laos have agreed to urge more countries to sign the treaty to ban cluster bombs. Cluster bombs scatter hundreds of smaller munitions with high killing power, and leave behind many unexploded bomblets. Many unexploded bombs dropped by the United States during the Vietnam War remain in Laos, causing serious problems. Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada ended a 2-day visit to Laos on Sunday. He told Laotian Foreign Minister Thongloun Sisoulith that Japan attaches importance to the first meeting of signatories of the Convention on Cluster Munitions to be held in Laos in November. He said Japan will send a high-level delegation.

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BBC One: “Victoria Wood appeals on behalf of the Mines Advisory Group (MAG)”

Posted: Jul 26, 2010

Victoria Wood travels to Laos and discovers how the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) is working to reduce the threat of unexploded weapons in war torn communities. Most of us have heard of the Vietnam war in which the US military attempted to stop the spread of communism throughout parts of South East Asia. What’s less well known is the White House also staged a covert war in neighbouring Laos- a war so secret that even congress didn’t know. During the 9 year conflict Laos became one of the most bombed countries in history and its legacy continues to threaten the lives of the people who live there today.

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