• UXO Laos Visitor Center

    UXO Lao Visitor Center, Luang Prabang, Laos .

    The UXO Laos Visitor Center is located behind the Chao Anouvong Monument. This free admittance center features information about unexploded ordnance, for what Lao PDR is the most heavily bombed country, per capita, in history. Numbers talk:

    • Approximately 25% of villages in Laos are contaminated with Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)
    • More than 580,000 bombing missions were conducted over Laos
    • Over 2 million tons of ordnance were dropped on Laos between 1964 and 1973
    • Cluster sub-munitions or ‘Bombies’ (as they are known locally) are the most common form of UXO remaining
    • More than 270 million bombies were dropped onto Laos
    • Up to 30% failed to detonate
    • Approximately 80 million unexploded bombies remained in Laos after the war
    • All 17 provinces of Laos suffer from UXO contamination
    • 41 out of the 46 poorest districts in Laos have UXO contamination
    • Over 50,000 people have been killed or injured as a result of UXO accidents in the period 1964-2008
    • Over 20,000 people have been killed or injured as a result of UXO accidents post†war period, 1974-2008
    • UXO Lao works in the nine most heavily UXO contaminated provinces in the country.
    • UXO Lao needs on an average, US$6.5 million, for operations. It employs over 1,000 people.