Between 1964 and 1973, during the Vietnam War Laos was involved in a so-called «secret» war. On the one hand, the American, Thai, South Vietnamese and Philippines troops; on the other hand, the North Vietnamese army supported by the Communist forces, namely the Soviet Union and China. For nine years, the US Air Force bombed the country, destroying villages and killing thousands of Laos. The US army letea over 260 million cluster bombs (compared to 97 million in Vietnam over the same period), and 30% of them are UXO (unexploded ordonance), which have not exploded in impact. Today, nearly 80 million UXO would be scattered under Lao soil.
The COPE is a local cooperative founded in 1997, working in collaboration with the National Rehabilitation Centre, which manufactures and distributes devices and prostheses for the victims of UXO. The centre provides very interesting information and explanations about the extent of the bombing, the damage done, the actions carried out, and the testimonies of victims. You can also watch documentaries, including the Kim Mordaunt movie Bomb Harvest. A visit to not fail! You can participate in your way by buying objects - cards, books, t-shirts, etc - in the shop of the centre or making a donation.
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