Between 1964 and 1973, during the height of the Vietnam War, more than two million tons of bombs were dropped in Laos. Up to a third of the bombs, or ordnance, discharged in the country did not explode and continue to maim and kill when disturbed. Thousands of people have been killed and injured since 1973, and more are hurt and killed each year in accidents caused by unexploded ordnance (UXO), particularly cluster bombs. Survivors often suffer severe abdominal, chest, hand, arm, and head injuries. World Education works to help UXO survivors pay for their medical costs, recover from their injuries both physically and psycho-socially, and return to a healthy, independent life in their communities.
Follow the links below for information on World Education Laos’ projects in the area of UXO victims assistance: