Decades on, LAOs fires back – with fashion

ABOUT 20,000 Laotians have been killed by dormant cluster bombs, dropped by the USA during the Vietnam war, since 1974.

“It was part of the USA’s so-called ‘Secret War’… Over nine years, two million tonnes of ordnance rained down on the Laotian people,” a Lancet article states.

“About 70% of the bombs did not explode and most have not been cleared.”

A scheme in which metal from disarmed bombs is recycled into bracelets and sold into the US is now the subject of a new short film, Buying Back the Bombs.

Lancet 2011; 378: 976