Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Secret War in Laos: Unexploded Ordnance UXO

Today we went to see the exhibit and a documentary film abt UXOs, left over from US's secret war in Laos during the Vietnam War. Now, I am not here to bash the Americans, but one cannot help feeling heart-broken seeing the Lao ppl, esp children still facing deaths and injuries so many years after the Vietnam War.

According to the film, betwn 1964 and 1973, more than two million tons of bombs were dropped in Laos in a war that was in contravention of the Geneva Convention. The war was "secret" cuz Laos was a neutral country even tho both the Vietnamese and US were fighting on its soil.

After the Vietnam war, there were still million of UXOs, including the tennis ball size cluster bombs that children often pick up. There are also huge unexploded bombs under the soil. Farmers are killed or injured when they are working in the field and hit a UXO.

It is so sad to see the legacy of war still hurting the people of this country !!!

in the town of Luong Probang, Laos
19h31 local time


the inner space said...

維基百科】胡志明小道又稱胡志明小徑(Ho Chi Minh Trail),是1959年由北越政府領袖胡志明下令開闢支援南方作戰的通道,繞道老撾、柬埔寨境內,可從北部榮市經過中部非軍事區通往南方戰場,故稱為「胡志明小道」。




The Inner Space said...

hari big brother, my previous comment was locked by Blogger at the SPAM section of your COMMENT, because I setup a URL link, please kindly enter there to release it simply by clicking NOT SPAM. Tks


Haricot 微豆 said...


Thanks for the notice. You comment is now "NOT SPAM".

Haricot 微豆 said...


>> .... 胡志明小徑

I really appreciate the added info you have supplied, which will enhance my discussion with our local Laos tour guide.

I did not know that the US had even tempered with the regional weather to disrupt the Viet Cong's supply line !!!

I guess when it came to winning the war, nothing matterd to those far away from the front-line and those on the receving end :(

the inner space said...

Hari Big Brother,IF you have not left that tourist guide I hope you may convey to him that there is some one far away who understand and support the Lao pple to claim for compensation from the Americans for the next 10,000 years.

Haricot 微豆 said...


The tourist guide said some ppl are actually rejecting help from the US govt, out of historical grudge and suspicion !!!

On the other hand, Laos is wokring with the UN to get rid of UXOs and support the victims, even tho the US is a part of the UN program group.

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