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More than 50 years after the first U.S. bombings during the war in Vietnam, Laos remains one of the countries most heavily contaminated by cluster munitions on the planet. This has had dramatic consequences: since 1964, more than 50,000 victims have been killed or injured by these devices.
Known number of victims as of late 2013. Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor, updated in June 2015.

Deminers lift a huge shell together to place it in the lorry

Clearance operations in Houaphan Province in the north of the country. - Humanity & Inclusion Laos | © N. Lozano Juez / HI

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HI is working to reduce the threat posed by cluster munitions and all explosive remnants of war in Laos.

Its teams of mine clearance experts work alongside villagers affected by the presence of these weapons. They clear the land, destroy the devices and educate the local community about the dangers they pose.

At the same time, the organisation runs development projects aimed at reducing the risk of disability and improving the social inclusion of disabled people. It also focuses on preventing disability in children under the age of 5. HI promotes the identification of disability, carries out disability awareness activities and organises infant stimulation sessions. HI also aims to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS and diseases such as malaria among women, children and adolescents.

In several provinces, HI also aims to improve access to education for disadvantaged children and reading skills for all children, with a particular focus on non-Lao speaking children and children with disabilities.

Finally, HI is working to improve care for people in need of rehabilitation. The organisation works with government agencies to develop the country's rehabilitation sector and provides training for professionals working in the field.

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Situation of the country

Map of Humanity & Inclusion's interventions in Laos

For more than 50 years, Laos has been living with the daily threat of cluster munitions, which is hindering the development of the country. Laos is considered to be one of the poorest countries on the planet.

The People’s Democratic Republic of Laos has a highest level of contamination from explosive remnants of war. Out of the 17 provinces in Laos, 15 are contaminated by some 80 million unexploded devices, for the most part cluster munitions dropped 55 years ago by the United States during the Vietnam War. They still strike terror into the hearts of the country’s citizens, killing and maiming indiscriminately. Since 1964, more than 50,000 people have been killed or injured by an accident caused by explosive remnants of war, almost half of them in peace time. Despite a fall in the number of victims over the past five years, there are still new casualties every year.

Laos is facing significant challenges, in particular the need to reduce the country’s high level of malnutrition. Access to health facilities in rural areas remains very limited and health workers lack both skills and training.

Number of HI staff members: 112

Date the programme opened: 1983

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