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What in the World? RTÉ One, Thursday, 11.05pm

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"So you think the war is over" - Laos

Between 1964 and 1973, over two million tonnes of bombs mercilessly and illegally rained down on the people of Laos during the Vietnam War, a war in which they were just helpless by-standers. Laos has the unenviable distinction of being per head of population the most bombed country in the world.

Seventy-eight million or 30% of the bombs dropped failed to explode leaving a hidden and deadly legacy. Every day, that legacy is unearthed by those who till the soil and by young children playing in the fields. The war may be long over but the death and injury toll continues to rise.

Child playing on a bomb shell, Laos
Child playing on a bomb shell, Laos
Victim of cluster bomb with his children
Victim of cluster bomb with his children