Posted: Sep 5, 2013
News Desk Vientiane Times Publication Date: 29-08-2013 A 13-year-old boy was killed and five other boys were injured in Luang Prabang province last weekend after a cluster bomb exploded while they were trying to cut it open with a knife. The tragic incident occurred in Huaykhae village, Chomphet district, after the boys started cutting up […]
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
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.