Project Sekong 2013: Like The Ballad Of John Henry, Boosters Promote A Machine To Speed Clearance Work

November 16, 2016
Project Sekong 2013: Like The Ballad Of John Henry, Boosters Promote A Machine To Speed Clearance Work


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Sometimes we can quickly destroy UXO. But bombs found within a village take extensive planning.

April 2, 2016
Sometimes we can quickly destroy UXO.  But bombs found within a village take extensive planning.

In an effort to help our supporters understand why our thirteen-person team could not immediately “render safe” the 750 bomb that we identified in a village, I’ve compiled a list of the steps that staff must follow when assisting a village that is threatened...
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“Mr. Magnet” was a rarity: a self-trained, self-proclaimed village bomb expert who gave his trade a good name.

March 31, 2016
“Mr. Magnet” was a rarity: a self-trained, self-proclaimed village bomb expert who gave his trade a good name.

Most provinces in Laos are underserved by humanitarian clearance organizations. Given the rate at which unexploded ordnance (UXO) is being rendered safe the bombs, rockets, motors, bullets and shells that blight 2,500 villages here will outlive every human now living on our planet. But…in...
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Three Different Sites. Three Different Challenges.

February 5, 2016
Three Different Sites.  Three Different Challenges.

Three days in the field and each day a different challenge. I keep telling myself, “If this job was easy, what would they need us for?” The first day, we might as well have been working on a paved parking lot. The landowner, in...
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On A Cold Day, To Keep Myself Moving, I Check Hundreds Of Tree Stumps For UXO. Guess What I Found?

February 2, 2016
On A Cold Day, To Keep Myself Moving, I Check Hundreds Of Tree Stumps For UXO.  Guess What I Found?

Today is the coldest, windiest day yet. The guys are all bundled up in their warmest gear; some wearing ski masks. I’ve got to investigate why two or three of the fellows are working in just shirtsleeves. If they owned warmer clothing they’d be...
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President Obama Pledges Support For Increased Help To Laos But, Will Long-neglected Provinces Get Help? They’ve Waited Over Forty Years

January 31, 2016
President Obama Pledges Support For Increased Help To Laos But, Will Long-neglected Provinces Get Help? They’ve Waited Over Forty Years

We Help War Victims, Inc. is calling for the US State Department Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement to advocate that future US funding be distributed in a manner that benefits all contaminated provinces. Here’s a map showing the pattern of bombing in Phongsali...
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Twenty-thousand killed or injured but millions live with fear.

January 27, 2016
Twenty-thousand killed or injured but millions live with fear.

There have been over 20,000 civilian casualties to leftover ordnance in Laos, since the war ended forty years ago. But the most debilitating injury inflicted on the nation as a whole is the fear that affects individual and collective decision-making. Twenty thousand men, women...
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Women’s Day in Laos: Our interview with four female deminers who have put their lives at risk to keep others safe!

March 8, 2015
Women’s Day in Laos: Our interview with four  female deminers who have put their lives at risk to keep others safe!

Interview with four female deminers: Kik, Davine, Omphon and Nuey Conducted in Phongsali Province, March, 2011 Yai Please introduce yourself. Davine: Good morning. My name is Davine. I come from Ban Houayho village. I am 19 years old. I have four brothers and sisters....
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We lose patience waiting for someone else to destroy a dangerous piece of ordnance.

March 3, 2015
We lose patience waiting for someone else to destroy a dangerous piece of ordnance.

Several years back I watched child scrap collectors use rudimentary metal detectors to search for bomb fragments that they could sell to garner spending money. The kids’ behavior around unexploded ordnance was reckless and, like most youths around the world, they defined an accident...
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