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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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June 2009 Newsletter – Legacies Launches A Peaceful Legacy Campaign

Posted: Jun 1, 2009

A Peaceful Legacy Campaign launches, Seattle API Heritage Month, Curriculum, Upcoming Events

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January 2009 Newsletter – Laos Joins Over 90 Countries to Sign International Treaty to Ban Cluster Bombs

Posted: Jan 1, 2009

Laos joins over 90 countries to sign international treaty to ban cluster bombs, Boston College Film & Lecture Series:The Secret War in Laos and the Continuing Tragedy of Cluster Bombs, Seattle youth bringing it “Back to the Homeland”

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Reuters: “Laos still paying the price of Vietnam war”

Posted: Nov 26, 2008

Imagine growing up in a country where the equivalent of a B52 planeload of cluster bombs was dropped every eight minutes for nine years.

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