Vietnam War Bombs Still Killing Children

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Vietnam War Era Bombs

By Bill Sorem

It’s been decades since the end of the Vietnam War, but about twice a week somebody in Laos dies when one of the of hundreds of thousands of bombs dropped on that country explodes. The victims are often children since the bombs and mines litter play areas and agricultural fields.

The good news is the number of people killed by the bombs has dropped from 300 to 100 a year and progress is being made on cleaning up the explosives that were dropped on Laos almost daily from 1963 to 1975.

Jack Rosbach, Coordinator of the Minnesota Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions presents a report to Minnesota Lao community and to interested activists.

Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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