In Cambodia and Laos people are forced to risk their lives everyday by living and working on dangerous land. Every step could potentially unearth an unexploded bomb or landmine with the power to end a life.

Laos’ strategic position along the Ho Chi Minh Trail made the country the target of heavy bombing during the Vietnam War. Millions of cluster bomblets, each the size of a cricket ball, failed to detonate and still plague the land today. Whilst Cambodia is also contaminated with cluster munitions, particularly in the eastern region, most of the danger in that country originates from the anti-personnel and anti-vehicle mines left behind after the civil war in the western region during the 1960s and 70s.

The power of these weapons is not diminished with time. They remain as much a threat to life as when they were dropped on Laos and Cambodia decades ago. The only way to free these communities from danger is to safely detonate the bombs, one by one.

MAG teams have been working tirelessly to eliminate these threats and make Laos and Cambodia safe once again.

With your support, we can reach more men, women and children in need.

Children are innocent casualties of war in Laos 

“They are dead! They are dead!” screamed three-year-old Quoi as he burst through the door to the family home.

Quoi had heard an explosion, just minutes after he had left his older brothers in the forest near his home. Alarmed by the explosion, he had run back to where his elder brothers had been playing. Now he led his parents to the same spot. The spot where Don and Phon lay, motionless.

Noy and Lae’s nine-year-old son, Don, was dead when they found him. His brother Phon, aged seven, managed to cling to life for a few hours, but the injuries caused by the blast were just too great. He died later that day.

Two sons dead. Just seven and nine years old. Killed by a cluster bomblet from the Vietnam War, its deadly power as strong as the day it was dropped on Laos, nearly half a century before.

This cannot continue. 

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 could help pay for more urgent mine clearance in Laos.

Together, we can protect the children of Laos from danger. Together, we can rid Laos of the surviving cluster bomblets that threaten young lives every hour, every day.

Giving a grandmother a new lease of life in Cambodia

Tun Srey, now 64, has lived in the same Cambodian village since she was ten years old. During that time, the village has suffered at the hands of two conflicts.

The horrors of these conflicts fill Tun Srey’s childhood memories. She spent many of her days in bunkers as bombs rained down. Later, she was kept in work camps by the Khmer Rouge.

The brutality of these conflicts passed, but a terrible legacy remained. Phum Mouy village and the surrounding farmland were heavily contaminated with unexploded bombs and landmines.

“I found unexploded bombs here often. I always told the children to stay close to the house and not to stray. Really, I was frightened every day for them.”

- Tun Srey

MAG teams recently cleared the area around Tun Srey’s village. More than 22 acres of land have been declared safe so far, which Tun Srey and other families now use to grow cashew nuts. This life-saving work has given Tun Srey the opportunity to live without fear for the first time.

“I am so happy to see MAG clearing the land,” she says. “Soon we will be safe. I have experienced many things – good and bad - now I want to live my life. I feel warm in my heart, I feel safety for me and my family.”

More clearance is urgently needed in this war-torn part of Cambodia. With your support, we will reach more families like Tun Srey’s.