During the secret war between 1964 and 1973, US forces dropped 1.36 million tons of bombs on Laos, about the equivalent of all the bombs dropped during World War II combined. Many of these were clustermunitions, of which 266 million pieces still lie undetonated in the Lao countryside, causing approximately one fatality or serious injury each day. Add to that the many remnants of war such as landmines, artillery shells, grenades and so on. This unexploded ordnance, known as UXO, pollutes farmland and make working these fields extremely hazardous. UXO Lao has been working with international aid organizations since 1996 to clean up these munitions. They detect and disable these explosives to make Laos safer.
Welcome to the Terrible Pictures project. We were a young colelctive specializing in documentary photoreportage with special focus on humanitarian photography.