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