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The Secret War, Laos

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Laos - Phou Khout - Boun Mee, 60, from the village of Phou Khout. A blacksmith and a former bomb defuser, Mee decorated his house and workplace with shells and casing of bombs collected after the war. “The United States came to bomb Vietnam and Laos, despite the fact that we hadn't done anything to them” he explains. Due to the war, Mee had to leave his house in 1969 and resettle in a refugee camp 50 kms outside of the capital Vientiane. It was only in 1975 that his family was allowed to come back to the village, which in the meantime had turned into a plain of bushes and trees. It took seven years to rebuild Phou Khout.