Posted: Sep 2, 2010
As US combat troops return from Iraq, remnants of another American war – fought more than three decades ago – are still claiming casualties today. The tiny south-east Asian landlocked nation of Laos has the dubious distinction of being the most bombed country, per capita, in the world. During the Vietnam war, US-led secret bombing raids over Laos left behind millions of unexploded cluster bombs that continue to maim and kill civilians today.
Posted: Aug 12, 2010
From September 30, 2010 to October 26, 2010, Legacies will join Intermedia Arts and Refugee Nation in collaboration with the Lao American Assistance Center of Minnesota to bring the Legacies of War National Traveling Exhibition to the Twin Cities. The exhibit, which has traveled to over 10 cities and internationally, will feature historic drawings, written and oral presentations, and components from the local community.
Posted: Aug 5, 2010
A new cluster bomb ban has finally come into effect, but 37 years after the last US bomb fell here, Laos – the world’s most affected country – still feels the impact of unexploded ordnance (UXO) across all sectors of society.
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: 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.
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.
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.”
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.