I spotted these photo articles this morning - depicting the effects of the bombing of Laos during the Vietnam war, both on the landscape and on the people living in Laos today. Many of the people in Laos now make a living from the debris left over from the biggest bombing campaign in history. Old bombs and cluster bombs are dismantled and sold for scrap, or to engineering companies for their explosive.
The thought of chiseling out the fuse of a forty year old bomb that has been rusting in a humid jungle with the most basic of tools is chilling.
All of the pictures have been taken on behalf of MAG (Mines Advisory Group) International and you can see the photos here.
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