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Laos is currently experiencing significant economic growth and socio-economic development and the demand for land suitable for agriculture, industry and infrastructure is quickly rising. However, much of this land is unsafe due to the more than 80 million unexploded bombs scattered across the countryside following conflicts in the 1950s and 1970s. These unexploded ordnances (UXOs) pose a serious danger and continue to injure and kill civilians today, almost 40 years after the conflict ended. This article discusses ongoing efforts and challenges of trying to destroy these UXOs as this program is necessary to eradicate poverty and to ensure the safety of the Lao people.

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Field Value
Document type Analysis, discussion papers, and blogs
Language of document
  • English
Topics Landmines UXO and demining
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
Copyright Unclear copyright
Version / Edition 1.0
License unspecified
Author (corporate) Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Publication place Bern, Switzerland
Publisher Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Publication date 2014
Pagination 4 p.
Date uploaded June 5, 2015, 00:28 (UTC)
Date modified July 27, 2015, 07:19 (UTC)