Laos is, per capita, the most bombed country ever. The Americans dropped 2 tonnes of explosives per capita on Laos during the Vietnam War, in the mistaken belief that the Ho Chi Minh Trail was the main supply route for the Viet Cong in South Vietnam. Subsequent release of official records show they were wrong - the main supply route was through Cambodia, from the port at Sihanoukville.
COPE shows the damage that has been done, and still occurs, as each year children keep dying from unexploded ordinance. The Americans, through the UN, are gradually cleaning it up but if they spent as much on cleaning it up as they did in one week of bombing, it wouldn't be a problem any more. Funny how money can be found for bad things but seems unavailable to make the world a better place.
Visit COPE - watch a video about how it all happened, and thank your lucky stars if you come from a country which has never been caught up in a war.
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