I can't imagine going about daily life with the constant threat of hundreds of thousands of UXOs scattered across the landscape, in rice fields, under houses, where children play. The US' "secret war" on Laos in the 60s and 70s saw more bombs dropped in 9 years than on the whole of Europe in WWII. And Laos was a neutral country in the Vietnam conflict. It's totally abhorrent, barely acknowledged, and a huge burden for Laos even today. Thousands die or are injured each year by cluster bombs (an invention I cannot comprehend the justification behind), most of them children.
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