Tao Lee squats next to three M1 fragmentation cluster bombs found in a cleared field overlooking Etoum, southern Laos. When the field was lit to clear it for farming, the fire "cooked off" several other bombs. They rained shrapnel on the village in the middle of the night, forcing its temporary evacuation.

Tao Lee squats next to three M1 fragmentation cluster bombs found in a cleared field overlooking Etoum, southern Laos. When the field was lit to clear it for farming, the fire "cooked off" several other bombs. They rained shrapnel on the village in the middle of the night, forcing its temporary evacuation.

 A pile of bomb scrap, shrapnel and cluster bombs sits next to a new home along the old Ho Chi Minh Trail. The Lao government recently improved the rough string of roads and trails into a real road. The Ho Chi Minh Trail was heavily bombed during the Vietnam War and locals now contend with still-buried UXO (unexploded ordnance) on land on and near the historic trail.

A pile of bomb scrap, shrapnel and cluster bombs sits next to a new home along the old Ho Chi Minh Trail. The Lao government recently improved the rough string of roads and trails into a real road.
The Ho Chi Minh Trail was heavily bombed during the Vietnam War and locals now contend with still-buried UXO (unexploded ordnance) on land on and near the historic trail.

 A bomb clearance team from the Australian company Phoenix Clearance LTD carefully searches for UXO in a new garden plot in rural Phongsali Province, in Northern Laos. The plot belongs to the local doctor, and the clearance team eventually found live cluster munitions just inches under the surface.

A bomb clearance team from the Australian company Phoenix Clearance LTD carefully searches for UXO in a new garden plot in rural Phongsali Province, in Northern Laos. The plot belongs to the local doctor, and the clearance team eventually found live cluster munitions just inches under the surface.

 Two blocks of TNT sit atop a trio of American cluster bombs that were dropped in the 1960s. A bomb disposal group destroyed the bombs which were found by local farmers in their fields near Sopphoun, Phongsali Province.

Two blocks of TNT sit atop a trio of American cluster bombs that were dropped in the 1960s. A bomb disposal group destroyed the bombs which were found by local farmers in their fields near Sopphoun, Phongsali Province.

 Seen from a mile away, a pair of phosphorous bombs are detonated by a clearance team from Phoenix Clearance LTD. The bombs were found and reported by a pair of young boys tending cattle on the Nakai Plateau in Khammouanne Province.

Seen from a mile away, a pair of phosphorous bombs are detonated by a clearance team from Phoenix Clearance LTD. The bombs were found and reported by a pair of young boys tending cattle on the Nakai Plateau in Khammouanne Province.

 A local man clasps his head in disbelief as he stands in the massive new crater left by a 750-pound American bomb, in rural Phongsali Province, Laos. A bomb disposal group destroyed the bomb which was found by local girl clearing land for a new garden.

A local man clasps his head in disbelief as he stands in the massive new crater left by a 750-pound American bomb, in rural Phongsali Province, Laos. A bomb disposal group destroyed the bomb which was found by local girl clearing land for a new garden.

 Until it closed, the lobby of the Vinh Thong Guesthouse in Phonsavan town, Laos, displayed an amazing array of defused UXO (unexploded ordnance) as well as a hand-painted mural depicting fighting around the Plain of Jars in 1968.

Until it closed, the lobby of the Vinh Thong Guesthouse in Phonsavan town, Laos, displayed an amazing array of defused UXO (unexploded ordnance) as well as a hand-painted mural depicting fighting around the Plain of Jars in 1968.

 A farmer uses empty cluster bomb casings as pillars for a new animal shelter on his farm in rural Xiengkhouang Province, Laos. The casings, made of well-painted, high-quality steel are valuable for their structural properties as well as their value on the scrap metal market.

A farmer uses empty cluster bomb casings as pillars for a new animal shelter on his farm in rural Xiengkhouang Province, Laos. The casings, made of well-painted, high-quality steel are valuable for their structural properties as well as their value on the scrap metal market.

 A mother in Sepon Province paddles her children down the Sepon River in a canoe made from fuel tanks dropped by US bombers during the Vietnam War. The US heavily bombed the surrounding area during the war, which left a vast amount of bomb scrap and UXO (unexploded ordnance) that locals have incorporated into their daily lives.

A mother in Sepon Province paddles her children down the Sepon River in a canoe made from fuel tanks dropped by US bombers during the Vietnam War. The US heavily bombed the surrounding area during the war, which left a vast amount of bomb scrap and UXO (unexploded ordnance) that locals have incorporated into their daily lives.

 After gathering water and washing in a nearby river, families walk past the landing gear from a US airplane that was shot down over the Ho Chi Minh Trail in southern Laos. Villagers found the valuable piece of scrap metal in the nearby forest, but the several-hundred-pound chunk is too heavy to carry to market.

After gathering water and washing in a nearby river, families walk past the landing gear from a US airplane that was shot down over the Ho Chi Minh Trail in southern Laos. Villagers found the valuable piece of scrap metal in the nearby forest, but the several-hundred-pound chunk is too heavy to carry to market.

 Teng, an 8-year-old Hmong boy, takes a break from scavenging bomb scraps with a friend, in the ashes of a burned field in the middle of Xieng Khouang province, Laos.

Teng, an 8-year-old Hmong boy, takes a break from scavenging bomb scraps with a friend, in the ashes of a burned field in the middle of Xieng Khouang province, Laos.

 A Vietnamese trader's family has dinner over a pile of bomb shrapnel, cluster bombs and an artillery shell in their hut in Etoum, Attapeu Province, Laos. Vietnamese traders come to the area to buy scrap metal from locals who collect it in the surrounding fields and forest.

A Vietnamese trader's family has dinner over a pile of bomb shrapnel, cluster bombs and an artillery shell in their hut in Etoum, Attapeu Province, Laos. Vietnamese traders come to the area to buy scrap metal from locals who collect it in the surrounding fields and forest.

 Ethnic Lave kids gamble with money made from selling bomb scrap to a Vietnamese trader. Local kids collect scrap for small money, which they often use to buy cigarettes and gamble. Vietnamese traders come to the area to buy scrap metal from locals who collect it in the surrounding fields and forest.

Ethnic Lave kids gamble with money made from selling bomb scrap to a Vietnamese trader. Local kids collect scrap for small money, which they often use to buy cigarettes and gamble. Vietnamese traders come to the area to buy scrap metal from locals who collect it in the surrounding fields and forest.

 A man smelts scrap metal, much of it war and bomb scrap, in a foundry near Paksan, Laos. Several foundries buy bomb scrap from the Lao countryside which they melt into new rebar for making buildings.

A man smelts scrap metal, much of it war and bomb scrap, in a foundry near Paksan, Laos. Several foundries buy bomb scrap from the Lao countryside which they melt into new rebar for making buildings.

 Bic, 10, lies in the provincial hospital in Xieng Khouang, Laos, recovering from wounds caused by a cluster bomblet, or "bombie." While working in his family's fields with a hoe, he struck a buried bombie that exploded, injuring his legs, arm and jaw, which became severely infected. 

Bic, 10, lies in the provincial hospital in Xieng Khouang, Laos, recovering from wounds caused by a cluster bomblet, or "bombie." While working in his family's fields with a hoe, he struck a buried bombie that exploded, injuring his legs, arm and jaw, which became severely infected. 

 Ta lost his eye and both his arms when a cluster bomblet he found exploded after he prodded it with a stick in 2001. He has gone through several operation since then to repair the damage, and now lives with the constant help of his seven children in a small village on the Nakai Plateau in central Laos.

Ta lost his eye and both his arms when a cluster bomblet he found exploded after he prodded it with a stick in 2001. He has gone through several operation since then to repair the damage, and now lives with the constant help of his seven children in a small village on the Nakai Plateau in central Laos.

 Phou Vieng hops into his house in Phonsavanh, Laos, after tending the family cattle. He lost his left leg and right arm to a 30-year-old cluster bomb he hit several years ago while digging a post hole at his new house in rural Xiengkhouang Province. 

Phou Vieng hops into his house in Phonsavanh, Laos, after tending the family cattle. He lost his left leg and right arm to a 30-year-old cluster bomb he hit several years ago while digging a post hole at his new house in rural Xiengkhouang Province. 

 A young Hmong woman wails at the funeral for her husband who died earlier in the day in rural Xieng Khouang Province, Laos. He was killed in a family feud by a booby trap made from an unexploded bomb set in a trail. The Hmong are among the poorest of Laos' many ethnic groups.

A young Hmong woman wails at the funeral for her husband who died earlier in the day in rural Xieng Khouang Province, Laos. He was killed in a family feud by a booby trap made from an unexploded bomb set in a trail. The Hmong are among the poorest of Laos' many ethnic groups.

 A man stands next to a 40-year-old bomb crater, one of dozens in a line stretching for miles near the Plain of Jars, in Northern Laos. Nothing grows in the craters, and people still pick shrapnel fragments from the surrounding ground.

A man stands next to a 40-year-old bomb crater, one of dozens in a line stretching for miles near the Plain of Jars, in Northern Laos. Nothing grows in the craters, and people still pick shrapnel fragments from the surrounding ground.

 Sou Lin Phan poses next to a large dud bomb in the middle of his village in rural Xiengkhouang Province, Laos. Over several years in the late 60s and early 70s, the US dropped 4 billion pounds of explosives on northern Laos in a futile effort to stop North Vietnamese soldiers from using the area as a base and transshipment line to South Vietnam.

Sou Lin Phan poses next to a large dud bomb in the middle of his village in rural Xiengkhouang Province, Laos. Over several years in the late 60s and early 70s, the US dropped 4 billion pounds of explosives on northern Laos in a futile effort to stop North Vietnamese soldiers from using the area as a base and transshipment line to South Vietnam.

 Tao Lee squats next to three M1 fragmentation cluster bombs found in a cleared field overlooking Etoum, southern Laos. When the field was lit to clear it for farming, the fire "cooked off" several other bombs. They rained shrapnel on the village in the middle of the night, forcing its temporary evacuation.
 A pile of bomb scrap, shrapnel and cluster bombs sits next to a new home along the old Ho Chi Minh Trail. The Lao government recently improved the rough string of roads and trails into a real road. The Ho Chi Minh Trail was heavily bombed during the Vietnam War and locals now contend with still-buried UXO (unexploded ordnance) on land on and near the historic trail.
 A bomb clearance team from the Australian company Phoenix Clearance LTD carefully searches for UXO in a new garden plot in rural Phongsali Province, in Northern Laos. The plot belongs to the local doctor, and the clearance team eventually found live cluster munitions just inches under the surface.
 Two blocks of TNT sit atop a trio of American cluster bombs that were dropped in the 1960s. A bomb disposal group destroyed the bombs which were found by local farmers in their fields near Sopphoun, Phongsali Province.
 Seen from a mile away, a pair of phosphorous bombs are detonated by a clearance team from Phoenix Clearance LTD. The bombs were found and reported by a pair of young boys tending cattle on the Nakai Plateau in Khammouanne Province.
 A local man clasps his head in disbelief as he stands in the massive new crater left by a 750-pound American bomb, in rural Phongsali Province, Laos. A bomb disposal group destroyed the bomb which was found by local girl clearing land for a new garden.
 Until it closed, the lobby of the Vinh Thong Guesthouse in Phonsavan town, Laos, displayed an amazing array of defused UXO (unexploded ordnance) as well as a hand-painted mural depicting fighting around the Plain of Jars in 1968.
 A farmer uses empty cluster bomb casings as pillars for a new animal shelter on his farm in rural Xiengkhouang Province, Laos. The casings, made of well-painted, high-quality steel are valuable for their structural properties as well as their value on the scrap metal market.
 A mother in Sepon Province paddles her children down the Sepon River in a canoe made from fuel tanks dropped by US bombers during the Vietnam War. The US heavily bombed the surrounding area during the war, which left a vast amount of bomb scrap and UXO (unexploded ordnance) that locals have incorporated into their daily lives.
 After gathering water and washing in a nearby river, families walk past the landing gear from a US airplane that was shot down over the Ho Chi Minh Trail in southern Laos. Villagers found the valuable piece of scrap metal in the nearby forest, but the several-hundred-pound chunk is too heavy to carry to market.
 Teng, an 8-year-old Hmong boy, takes a break from scavenging bomb scraps with a friend, in the ashes of a burned field in the middle of Xieng Khouang province, Laos.
 A Vietnamese trader's family has dinner over a pile of bomb shrapnel, cluster bombs and an artillery shell in their hut in Etoum, Attapeu Province, Laos. Vietnamese traders come to the area to buy scrap metal from locals who collect it in the surrounding fields and forest.
 Ethnic Lave kids gamble with money made from selling bomb scrap to a Vietnamese trader. Local kids collect scrap for small money, which they often use to buy cigarettes and gamble. Vietnamese traders come to the area to buy scrap metal from locals who collect it in the surrounding fields and forest.
 A man smelts scrap metal, much of it war and bomb scrap, in a foundry near Paksan, Laos. Several foundries buy bomb scrap from the Lao countryside which they melt into new rebar for making buildings.
 Bic, 10, lies in the provincial hospital in Xieng Khouang, Laos, recovering from wounds caused by a cluster bomblet, or "bombie." While working in his family's fields with a hoe, he struck a buried bombie that exploded, injuring his legs, arm and jaw, which became severely infected. 
 Ta lost his eye and both his arms when a cluster bomblet he found exploded after he prodded it with a stick in 2001. He has gone through several operation since then to repair the damage, and now lives with the constant help of his seven children in a small village on the Nakai Plateau in central Laos.
 Phou Vieng hops into his house in Phonsavanh, Laos, after tending the family cattle. He lost his left leg and right arm to a 30-year-old cluster bomb he hit several years ago while digging a post hole at his new house in rural Xiengkhouang Province. 
 A young Hmong woman wails at the funeral for her husband who died earlier in the day in rural Xieng Khouang Province, Laos. He was killed in a family feud by a booby trap made from an unexploded bomb set in a trail. The Hmong are among the poorest of Laos' many ethnic groups.
 A man stands next to a 40-year-old bomb crater, one of dozens in a line stretching for miles near the Plain of Jars, in Northern Laos. Nothing grows in the craters, and people still pick shrapnel fragments from the surrounding ground.
 Sou Lin Phan poses next to a large dud bomb in the middle of his village in rural Xiengkhouang Province, Laos. Over several years in the late 60s and early 70s, the US dropped 4 billion pounds of explosives on northern Laos in a futile effort to stop North Vietnamese soldiers from using the area as a base and transshipment line to South Vietnam.

Tao Lee squats next to three M1 fragmentation cluster bombs found in a cleared field overlooking Etoum, southern Laos. When the field was lit to clear it for farming, the fire "cooked off" several other bombs. They rained shrapnel on the village in the middle of the night, forcing its temporary evacuation.

A pile of bomb scrap, shrapnel and cluster bombs sits next to a new home along the old Ho Chi Minh Trail. The Lao government recently improved the rough string of roads and trails into a real road.
The Ho Chi Minh Trail was heavily bombed during the Vietnam War and locals now contend with still-buried UXO (unexploded ordnance) on land on and near the historic trail.

A bomb clearance team from the Australian company Phoenix Clearance LTD carefully searches for UXO in a new garden plot in rural Phongsali Province, in Northern Laos. The plot belongs to the local doctor, and the clearance team eventually found live cluster munitions just inches under the surface.

Two blocks of TNT sit atop a trio of American cluster bombs that were dropped in the 1960s. A bomb disposal group destroyed the bombs which were found by local farmers in their fields near Sopphoun, Phongsali Province.

Seen from a mile away, a pair of phosphorous bombs are detonated by a clearance team from Phoenix Clearance LTD. The bombs were found and reported by a pair of young boys tending cattle on the Nakai Plateau in Khammouanne Province.

A local man clasps his head in disbelief as he stands in the massive new crater left by a 750-pound American bomb, in rural Phongsali Province, Laos. A bomb disposal group destroyed the bomb which was found by local girl clearing land for a new garden.

Until it closed, the lobby of the Vinh Thong Guesthouse in Phonsavan town, Laos, displayed an amazing array of defused UXO (unexploded ordnance) as well as a hand-painted mural depicting fighting around the Plain of Jars in 1968.

A farmer uses empty cluster bomb casings as pillars for a new animal shelter on his farm in rural Xiengkhouang Province, Laos. The casings, made of well-painted, high-quality steel are valuable for their structural properties as well as their value on the scrap metal market.

A mother in Sepon Province paddles her children down the Sepon River in a canoe made from fuel tanks dropped by US bombers during the Vietnam War. The US heavily bombed the surrounding area during the war, which left a vast amount of bomb scrap and UXO (unexploded ordnance) that locals have incorporated into their daily lives.

After gathering water and washing in a nearby river, families walk past the landing gear from a US airplane that was shot down over the Ho Chi Minh Trail in southern Laos. Villagers found the valuable piece of scrap metal in the nearby forest, but the several-hundred-pound chunk is too heavy to carry to market.

Teng, an 8-year-old Hmong boy, takes a break from scavenging bomb scraps with a friend, in the ashes of a burned field in the middle of Xieng Khouang province, Laos.

A Vietnamese trader's family has dinner over a pile of bomb shrapnel, cluster bombs and an artillery shell in their hut in Etoum, Attapeu Province, Laos. Vietnamese traders come to the area to buy scrap metal from locals who collect it in the surrounding fields and forest.

Ethnic Lave kids gamble with money made from selling bomb scrap to a Vietnamese trader. Local kids collect scrap for small money, which they often use to buy cigarettes and gamble. Vietnamese traders come to the area to buy scrap metal from locals who collect it in the surrounding fields and forest.

A man smelts scrap metal, much of it war and bomb scrap, in a foundry near Paksan, Laos. Several foundries buy bomb scrap from the Lao countryside which they melt into new rebar for making buildings.

Bic, 10, lies in the provincial hospital in Xieng Khouang, Laos, recovering from wounds caused by a cluster bomblet, or "bombie." While working in his family's fields with a hoe, he struck a buried bombie that exploded, injuring his legs, arm and jaw, which became severely infected. 

Ta lost his eye and both his arms when a cluster bomblet he found exploded after he prodded it with a stick in 2001. He has gone through several operation since then to repair the damage, and now lives with the constant help of his seven children in a small village on the Nakai Plateau in central Laos.

Phou Vieng hops into his house in Phonsavanh, Laos, after tending the family cattle. He lost his left leg and right arm to a 30-year-old cluster bomb he hit several years ago while digging a post hole at his new house in rural Xiengkhouang Province. 

A young Hmong woman wails at the funeral for her husband who died earlier in the day in rural Xieng Khouang Province, Laos. He was killed in a family feud by a booby trap made from an unexploded bomb set in a trail. The Hmong are among the poorest of Laos' many ethnic groups.

A man stands next to a 40-year-old bomb crater, one of dozens in a line stretching for miles near the Plain of Jars, in Northern Laos. Nothing grows in the craters, and people still pick shrapnel fragments from the surrounding ground.

Sou Lin Phan poses next to a large dud bomb in the middle of his village in rural Xiengkhouang Province, Laos. Over several years in the late 60s and early 70s, the US dropped 4 billion pounds of explosives on northern Laos in a futile effort to stop North Vietnamese soldiers from using the area as a base and transshipment line to South Vietnam.

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