US bombs continue to kill in Laos 50 years after Vietnam War
US dropped two million tonnes of bombs on Laos at height of Vietnam War. Why are cluster munitions still killing?
Publisher: Al Jazeera
Date Written: 21/11/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23083
A look at the problem of unexploded US bombs in Laos which have killed tens of thousands of people since the end of the war, and continue to kill and maim dozens annually.
At the same time, the US began dropping millions of tonnes of bombs - they "fell like rain" on the supply lines in Laos, a network of paths and tracks known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and most of the east of the country.
That hugely redoubled effort to shut down the trail saw a planeload of bombs dropped on Laos every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine years.
Now, some 80 million unexploded bombs and air-dropped cluster munitions left over continue to maim and kill Laotian men, women and children.