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UXO Lao Visitor Centre

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Fact: Laos is the most heavily bombed country per capita in the world. It’s a fact that’s been repeated over and over again—but what does it really mean? Thirty minutes at UXO Lao Visitor Centre will open your eyes to the hell the country went through and how, to this day, people are dying.





Fact: Between the years 1964 and 1973, the United States flew more than half a million bombing missions, delivering over two million tons of explosive ordnance. That’s equivalent to one planeload every 8 minutes, 24 hours a day, for 9 years. Fact: More than 270 million sub-munitions (bombies) from cluster bombs were dropped over Laos. Some 80 million of them failed to explode. Fact: 50,000 civilians have been killed or maimed from UXO (unexploded ordnance) incidents, at least 20,000 people since the war ended in 1973. Half of the victims are children. Fact: One person is killed or injured almost every day by UXO in Laos. (Source: UXO Lao & Legacies of War)

The UXO Lao Visitor Centre, a must see in Luang Prabang. Photo taken in or around UXO Lao Visitor Centre, Luang Prabang, Laos by Cindy Fan.

The UXO Lao Visitor Centre, a must see in Luang Prabang. Photo: Cindy Fan

The visitor centre is part of the UXO National Unexploded Ordnance Programme (UXO Lao), the national UXO clearance operator. While the room is dimly lit and rather shabby looking, the educational signage is excellent, taking you through the history, impact, current problems, the step-by-step process of de-mining and the overwhelming amount of work that lies ahead. In four decades fewer than than a single percent of the bomblets that failed to detonate have been cleared. At the current rate, the country will be living with this problem for ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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UXO Lao Visitor Centre
Phothisan Rd (behind the Chao Anouvoung Monument), Luang Prabang
Mon-Fri 08:00-12:00, 13:00-16:00
http://uxolao.org
Admission: Admission is free but you can support the centre with a donation and by buying a T-shirt

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