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. I am the oldest. Yai: What Province? Davine: Champasack Province,...
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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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From the “Vientiane Times”: UXO clearance workers laid off.

March 2, 2015
From the “Vientiane Times”: UXO clearance workers laid off.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Saleumsay Kommasith told the media at a meeting of the UXO trust fund steering committee on Friday that 200 of the over 1,200 employees are being laid off. [Please note that the original article stated that 500 employees...
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Complete text of lengthy interview with parents of schoolgirl killed by old ordnance.

March 1, 2015
Complete text of lengthy interview with parents of schoolgirl killed by old ordnance.

Date: February 2015 Location: Dak Cheung District, Lao PDR. Topic: Fatal accident that occurred on 9/30/14 Victim: Sunsamay, age 12 Participants: James Harris We Help War Victims Ko Interpreter Chansamay Victim’s mother Keophouvong Victim’s father Neuphet UNEODCOOPER Team Leader Ko: Good morning. I would...
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Our de-miners give up a hard-earned day of rest in order to clear UXO from the garden where a young girl died.

February 24, 2015
Our de-miners give up a hard-earned day of rest in order to clear UXO from the garden where a young girl died.

We agonized over the plight of a family who recently lost their daughter in an accident with Vietnam-era ordnance. Since the girls’ death last autumn her family has been afraid to return to the garden where the accident occurred. While we badly wanted to...
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Dilemma of a tight schedule! We have more farms to clear of UXO than we can complete. Should we add the land where a girl died? Might another family be dropped?

February 21, 2015
Dilemma of a tight schedule! We have more farms to clear of UXO than we can complete.  Should we add the land where a girl died? Might another family be dropped?

On the last day of Sunsamay’s life — the day she was killed in an accident with Vietnam-era ordnance — she and her mother, Keophouvong, were weeding around coffee tree seedlings the two had recently planted. For weeks Sunsamay and her mother had worked...
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Twelve-year-old girl killed in garden by ordnance so old that it was dropped before her parents were born.

February 19, 2015
Twelve-year-old girl killed in garden by ordnance so old that it was dropped before her parents were born.

On August 30 last year, I was spending a quiet day at home in Wisconsin. That Saturday was the first day of an exceptionally early Labor Day weekend, and my wife and I were feeling jet lagged; we’d just flown home from Taiwan the...
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We find bomblets that have been associated with many child fatalities. This video explains why the BLU 3-B is so dangerous.

February 14, 2015
We find bomblets that have been associated with many child fatalities.  This video explains why the BLU 3-B is so dangerous.

Over recent years there has been a reduction in the number of accidents with UXO. That welcome change has been the result of great effort to raise public knowledge about ordnance and to teach villagers what actions might lead to an accident. The reduction...
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Ironically, when children have a close call with UXO we must ask them to immediately return to the site. This video is a tribute to children who walk in harm’s way to keep others safe.

February 11, 2015
Ironically, when children have a close call with UXO we must ask them to immediately return to the site.  This video is a tribute to children who walk in harm’s way to keep others safe.

In Laos 40% of victims of accidents with unexploded ordnance are children. That’s because children spend much of their time in the places where UXO can be found: gardens, pastures, walking trails, fields and forests. And, children are by nature more inquisitive and adventurous...
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