From 1964 to 1973 Laos endured one of the most intensive bombing campaigns in history. Over 6 million conventional bombs and over 100 million cluster bombs were dropped on Laos by the US. This was the equivalent of one bombing mission every 8 minutes, 24 hours every day for 9 years.
In the first 25 years after the war, over 11,000 people have been killed or injured from UXO (unexploded bomb ordinance). 40% of UXO victims are killed outright and many of these victims are children.
The GreenHeart Foundation's Bombs Away project is working to raise awareness of the unexploded bomb crisis which still threatens the lives of hundreds of Lao people every year.
We are currently raising funds to employ further experts, to manage bomb removal teams and to train Lao people in safe bomb removal, team management and training.
"At the current rate, it will take more than 500 years to remove all the unexploded bombs in Laos"
Siegfried Block, Project Manager GERBERA. 2005
Visit The GreenHeart Foundation to find out more about the Bombs Away project and make a contribution.
5% of proceeds from all textile sales from the GreenHeart Gallery will be donated to the Bombs Away project.