Almost 50 years after the war, Laos remains one of the most heavily contaminated countries in the world
More than two million tons of cluster bombs were dropped on Laos during the Vietnam war, making Laos the most heavily bombed country in history per capita. Across Laos, families risk their lives each day. Unexploded bombs, which have the power to kill or cause horrific injuries, lurk unseen beneath the ground. They are unable to farm, go to work or send their children to school without fear of stepping on a bomb that could irreparably change or end their lives.
An estimated 30 per cent of the 270 million sub-munitions dropped on the country did not detonate. Four decades after the war, these deadly items remain a persistent threat and daily reality for thousands of communities across Laos. We must clear the threat so families can finally live free from the fear of landmines and unexploded bombs.
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We have over 900 staff in Laos, with teams of brave deminers clearing land across the country right now.
Our Risk education sessions help people to know what to look out for and how to stay safe whilst living amongst contamination. Our programme is designed to be gender and age appropriate. For example, songs and games are used with children, and messages are made understandable for both literate and illiterate children.