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Jassem, 10, groans pain as he lays on a gurney in an ambulance awaiting transport to a hospital, near Mosul, Iraq. Jassem was playing with his brother Attallah outside when they picked up an unexploded ordinance in the Sheshan neighborhood of Mosul. As Iraqi forces push further into the neighborhoods of Mosul, they have faced stiff resistance from ISIS. 1 million civilians are estimated to be in Mosul, where many have been prevented from leaving by ISIS, while others have remained in their homes rather than fleeing to internally displaced persons camps. The presence of so many civilians inside the city has raised concerns over civilian casualties, who also must navigate the minefield of improvised explosive devices and UXOs left behind by ISIS as they retreat. The high number of civilians has also slowed the offensive, which began last month against the extremist group in taking back the so-called capital of their caliphate. For the civilians who remain, they face food shortages and the constant threat of being caught in the crossfire. #mosul #iraq #isis #uxo #leica

#milleniumcentre #d4d2014 #uxo Tunâh!A back zawngin u Marcusa alo tlan ang... 😅😂

Food stalls on #mekong riverside, #vientiane #laos spotted on visit there last week. I spent a day meeting government and development partners, and UNDP staff and heads of UN agencies. While there, I launched three @undp flagship programmes in Laos 🇱🇦 on #sdg achievement and graduation from Least Developed Country status, clearance of unexploded ordinance #uxo from the war, and governance. @undpasiapacific

UXO museum and awareness centre. Never forget the atrocities of war #uxo #clusterbombs #bombs

Hut hut! It's football season! Right? Go Dolphins lol #nothingtoseehere #uxo

Come see us today at Iron Built Sports Nutrition from 11-1:30!! Come and grab some samples of our top rated pre workout and all vegan BCAA's! 💪👅 💥
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#firefox #vartefirefox proud to present to you the first and only fat tyre bmx here in Aizawl Mizoram! #uxo #unlimitedextremeobsession #dareitfeeltheimpact

Split Jerk PRs, and a partner wod! @cody_styx thanks for traveling up to my neck of the woods! #340splitjerk #260splitjerk #crossfit #partnerpushups #uxo

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If you ever visit Vientiane, the capital of Laos, I highly recommend a trip to the COPE Visitor Centre. The Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE) is a non-profit organisation which runs rehabilitation centres to provide care and support to UXO survivors. Between 1964 and 1973 the US army dropped over two million tons of ordnance on Laos, making it the most heavily bombed country per capita in history. The majority of the bombs dropped by the US were cluster munitions (as pictured here) - bomb casings containing around 200 smaller 'bombies' which were designed to explode upon impact with a hard surface. Of the more than 270 million sub-munitions, 80 million failed to explode. Today, one person is killed or injured almost everyday by unexploded ordinances (UXO) in Laos.

Land of a Million Bombs
Laos is being the most bombed country in the world per capita in history. During Second Indochina War (American War in Vietnam) was Laos subjected to heavy US bombing with 270 million submunitions…The problem is that 30% (about 80 million) of submunitions failed. More than 40 years after Laos continue to live in danger from unexploded ordnance (UXO) which continus to kill ordinary people...They can't farm, go to see their friends. Specially in the poorest districts people can't grow enough food. Some organizations are trying clear every piece of land. In one year they destroy around 65,000 UXO. But there are still 80 millions and still exploding today. Over 20,000 people have been killed or injured by UXO in Laos since the bombing ceased. 
America's enemies look: simple farmers. Just because of neighbourhood with Vietnam... What an injustice.

Zem miliónov munícií
Laos je najbombardovanejšia krajina na svete v histórii. Počas Druhej Indočínskej vojny bola krajina vystavená ťažkému bombardovaniu zo strany USA, ktoré na územie Laosu spustili 270 miliónov submunícií. Problém však je, že 30% (okolo 80 miliónov) zlyhalo. Viac ako 40 rokov po vojne je Laos stále v nebezpečí kvôli nevybuchnutej munícii, pretože naďalej zabíja bežných ľudí… Nemôžu pestovať, ísť pozrieť svojich známych. Predovšetkým v najchudobnejších častiach ľudia nemôžu nič dopestovať. Niektoré organizácie sa snažia čistiť zem kúsok po kúsku. Každý rok sa im podarí zničiť približne 65 tisíc munícií. Ale stále je ich 80 miliónov a naďalej vybuchujú. Viac ako 20 tisíc ľudí zomrelo alebo boli poranení nevybuchnutými bombami od bombardovania počas vojny. Výzor amerického nepriateľa: jednoduchí farmári. A to všetko len kvôli susedstvu s Vietnamom…. Strašná nespravodlivosť.
#laos #war #asia #indochina #bombs #bombies #submunitions #vietnam #history #explotion #arm #injustice #uxo #danger #museum #munition #whocare

Congratulations to the newest #UXO class for graduating today!

Anyone who happens to find themselves in Vientiane should visit the COPE visitor center. The exhibition is free and there are several eye opening documentaries on show in the little cinema. A brutal reminder of the devastating history of this little country, the most heavily bombed nation in the world, whose citizens are still falling victims to the more than 10% unexploded ordnance present in the country. Stop by, learn, donate what you can or have a coffee in the café - all money go towards prosthetics and other aids for victims of UXO. Definitely worth your time.

#copelaos #copevisitorcentre #cooperativeorthoticandprostheticenterprise #prosthetics #laos #vientiane #secretwars #secretwar #history #uxo #unexplodedordnance #bombies #tragic #devastating #backpacker #globetrotter #travelphotography #traveling #aroundtheworld #travelgram #instatravel #exhibition

Not a bad view at the #SAME membership meeting on #Guam today!

Amazing couple of days in company of these bad ass girls who are clearing the forests around Ratanakiri's province (in Northeast Cambodia) from UXOs (Unexploded Ordnances) - mostly cluster bombs - dropped by the Americans during the Vietnamese war. #Cambodia #Mondulkiri #UXO #NPA #war #hochiminhtrail

Wrapped up chest @goldsgymmeridian with heavy dips! Today's workout powered by @uxo_supplements pre! #uxo #bodybuilding #teamlimitless #208 #boise #warfighter #supplement #teamuxo #mensphysique #onlinecoach #fitness #chest #tattooed #fitlife #gym #hashtag video credit goes to my gorgeous girlfriend @sunshinesunshineisfine

We got our steps in today during our Congressional visits with Lao Ambassador Mai Sayavongs.Thank you to the offices of Representatives Grace Meng and Joaquin Castro and Senator Bob Corker! #Congress #laos #UXO #10ksteps

Incredibly sad learning of the #secretwar Laos had to go through during the Vietnam War. The equivalent of a cluster bomb attack every 8 minutes for 9 years by the #americans and it's still practically a world secret. •


#UXO #stillaproblem #activebombs #children #farmers #amputees #lossoflife #unnecessary #worldshouldknow #COPE #makingadifference #support #randktravels

We're excited to attend the #Guam #ChamberofCommerce Membership Meeting at the beautiful @sheratonguam!

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