Sweeping and Clearing the Land of “Bombies”

LEGACY OF WAR. LOTS OF CREATIVE ENERGY REQUIRED TO PRODUCE SUCH AN ARRAY OF DEADLY WEAPONS. IS THIS HOW WE MEASURE THE "ADVANCEMENT" OF OUR CIVILIZATION, BY HOW CREATIVELY WE CAN KILL THE PEOPLE AND THINGS WE FEAR?

LEGACY OF WAR. LOTS OF CREATIVE ENERGY REQUIRED TO PRODUCE SUCH AN ARRAY OF DEADLY WEAPONS. IS THIS HOW WE MEASURE THE “ADVANCEMENT” OF OUR CIVILIZATION, BY HOW CREATIVELY WE CAN KILL THE PEOPLE AND THINGS WE FEAR?

In Quang Tri Province, Project RENEW (Restoring the Environment and Neutralizing the Effects of War), an organization wholly managed and operated by Viet Nam, is living up to its name. In the last four years, 16,000 live ordinance have been discovered and safely removed, 40% of which were cluster bombs.

Since the end of the war, throughout the country, 100,000 people have suffered injury or death as a result of stepping on or somehow triggering live bombs and land mines which lie hidden in the ground, a legacy of the war. One third of the accidents in Quang Tri have involved children.

The situation IS improving. There have been only three accidents in the past three years and no deaths.

One of the project's highly-skilled teams, internationally trained to search and destroy UXO. At times, on-site detonation is the solution, requiring extreme safety measures to ensure the safety of all members of the community.

One of the project’s highly-skilled teams, internationally trained to search and destroy UXO. At times, on-site detonation is the solution, requiring extreme safety measures to ensure the safety of all members of the community.

Project Manager explaining the hazardous process of clearing an area of bombs and land mines, square meter by square meter.

Project Manager explaining the hazardous process of clearing an area of bombs
and land mines, square meter by square meter.

The Visitors' Center in Quang Tri, a must-see for a solid overview of the situation, both past and present.

The Visitors’ Center in Quang Tri, a must-see for a solid overview of the situation,
both past and present.

Various models of prostheses displayed in the Visitors' Center.

Various models of prostheses displayed in the Visitors’ Center.

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