Explosive Remnants of War
We advocate for more US government assistance to programs to help mitigate these impacts. Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam have the distinction of being the most bombed countries on earth. Explosive remnants of war (ERW) still litter hundreds of thousands of square miles of the countryside, hindering economic development and injuring or killing hundreds of people each year.
WLP helped fund the Mine Action Visitors Center in Dong Nai, Vietnam built and operated by Project Renew. The Center provides visitors with information about the impact of the bombing of Vietnam and efforts underway now to mitigate these impacts.
Between 1964 and 1973, the United States dropped around 2.5 million tons of bombs on Laos. While the American public was focused on the war in neighboring Vietnam, the US military was waging a devastating covert campaign to cut off North Vietnamese supply lines through the small Southeast Asian country.
The nearly 600,000 bombing runs delivered a staggering amount of explosives: The equivalent of a planeload of bombs every eight minutes for nine years, or a ton of bombs for every person in the country—more than what American planes unloaded on Germany and Japan combined during World War II. Laos remains, per capita, the most heavily bombed country on earth.
Watch the US Drop 2.5 Million Tons of Bombs on Laos
March 26, 2014-H.F. Bhojani - Mother Jones