Tuesday, February 26

latent bombs.

[khammouane province, laos. from the ramblingspoon ]

bombs which fell a decade ago, lie low
-and forgotten, almost-
until they flare up, indiscriminate,
to mar the lives of today
and recall the injustice of many yesterdays.

All last week, Jerry and I followed the affable Wisconsinite Jim Harris, who has dedicated his retirement to PCL and the people of Laos. We accompanied him and his bomb clearance team on their door-to-door, village-to-village excursions in the small district of Nakai. This is all part of our ongoing efforts to document the lasting effects of America’s “secret war” on Laos in the 1960s and 1970s...

Per capita, Laos is the most heavily bombed country on earth. US forces flew, on average, one bombing raid every eight minutes for nine years.


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