On April 22, 2010, Legacies of War testified 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).
Inspired by the beautiful textiles of Laos, Legacies of War is working with artists and organizers in the U.S. to develop the Tapestry of Hope: Weaving Together a Bomb-Free Future, a collection of art pieces from organizations, individuals, and collectives from across the nation to install in Vientiane during the Convention on Cluster Munitions First Meeting of State Parties.
View the Multimedia Interactive Center (MIC), photographs by Phil Borges, plus find information on films about Laos and cluster munitions.
Cluster bombs are designed as anti-personnel, anti-armor weapons, but the primary victims have been innocent civilians. More than 95% of documented cluster bomb victims are civilians and one-third are children, who are drawn to the small, toy-like metal objects.
Walt Haney has been gathering photos and accounts of Laotian refugees for the past 40 years.