Improving lives by clearing UXOs in Sekong Province

Published on April 4, 2013

Laos: Improving lives by clearing UXOs in Sekong Province

Since 2007, CARE with support from AusAID and other partners has worked with over 2,500 families from 19 villages in Sekong Province to improve their livelihoods by reducing the impact of unexploded ordnance (UXO).

To date over 97ha of land has been cleared of UXOs, allowing families to expand their rice fields, and use the land to grow new crops such as coffee, or try new income-generating activities such as fish farming.

Lao PDR is the most bombed country in the world per capita. More than two million tons of ordnance was dropped on the country during the Second Indochina War. Up to 30 per cent of some types of ordnance did not detonate.