‘I don’t want more children to suffer what I did’: the 50-year fight to clear US bombs from Laos

Youa Thaiyang is standing at the edge of his field in the northern Laos province of Xieng Khouang. A slight man of 61, dressed in jeans and flip-flops, he’s showing a photo of a BLU-26 submunition to a community liaison Read More …

Laos: Over 1.8 mln unexploded bombs cleared since 1996

Over 1.8 million unexploded ordnance (UXO) devices have been cleared from 79,599 hectares of land from 1996 to February 2023, making agricultural land safe for farmers and freeing up other areas for development. The figures were released by Lao Deputy Read More …

Canada: Trudeau pledges $1 million for clearing landmines, cluster bombs in Cambodia and Laos

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has wrapped up his first stop of a tour in Southeast Asia by announcing nearly $1 million to help remove unexploded landmines and cluster bombs from the region. He made the $990,000 pledge at an event Read More …

Handbook for Capacity Development in Mine Action (Lao) ປື້ມມຄູ່ມື ສໍາລັບ ການພັດທະນາຂີດຄວາມສາມາດ ໃນວຽກງານເກັບກູ້ລະເບີດ

The handbook for Capacity Development in Mine Action was published to capture the wealth of UNDP’s experience of developing capacities in mine action programming and share the best practices and lessons learned with national and international development partners. UNDP Lao Read More …

Unexploded ordnance harming development of Laos

Unexploded ordnance (UXO) has caused great harm to the development of Laos, highlighting the need for its accelerated clearance, the Lao newspaper Vientiane Times reported Monday citing a top United Nations (UN) official. The UN Assistant Secretary-General and United Nations Read More …

US approves $89 million to help Ukraine clear land mines

The United States approved $89 million in land mine removal assistance for Ukraine, another financial commitment from Washington nearly half a year after Russia began its invasion of its neighboring country. The State Department announced the allocation of the significant Read More …

Laos: Mines Advisory Group team finds, deactivates three large bombs in Khammuan and Xieng Khuang provinces

The Mines Advisory Group (MAG) found and detonated three large bombs in Khammuan and Xieng Khuang provinces in a single week. This week, MAG’s community liaison team received a hotline call reporting two large bombs, one in Khammuan province and Read More …

Laos destroys 1.7M UXO devices during 1996-2021

Nearly 1.7 million unexploded ordnance (UXO) items had been destroyed by clearance teams in Laos from 1996 to December 31, 2021, while over 71,000 hectares of land were cleared of munitions. The figures were released at a consultation meeting on Read More …

Beijing clears US bombs before constructing China-Laos railway

Despite ending nearly 50 years ago, US military operations in Laos have left behind a legacy of destruction that still endangers lives today. On Dec 3, 2021, the China-Laos railway opened to traffic, connecting Kunming in southwest China’s Yunnan province Read More …