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The Secret War, Laos

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Laos - Most of the victims are farmers, the fields are higly contaminated by the presence of bombs in the ground and it is very common for farmers to hit a cluster bomb when digging in order to plant the rice. Since the end of the war, 20,000 people have been killed or injured in Laos in UXO-related accidents. Sixty percent of them resulted in death and 40 percent of the victims are children. The most common injuries involve limb amputations, blindness and shrapnel wounds.Approximately 10,000 villages (25 percent of Laos territory) are contaminated by UXO, most of them cluster bombs. More than half of all the cluster munitions casualties in the world occurred in Laos. Ninety-eight percent of the victims were civilians.Since 1973, an average of 300 people per year have been killed by UXO in Laos. Most of them are poor farmers who don't have other choice but to work on their contaminated fields in order to feed their families. Th