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DONATING

Your support counts. Donations may be made directly to the finance officers at every UXO Lao office. You may also give your donations at the UXO Lao Visitor’s Centre in Luangprabang town. Please ask for an official receipt.

Donations may also be made direct to UXO Lao’s bank account. Please contact the UXO Lao National Office for more information.

Donating through Private Foundations:

World without Mines supports UXO Lao operations in Khammuane Province.
UXO Lao receives support from Intrepid Foundation, matching all donations dollar for dollar.

Contact details:
Lao National Unexploded Ordnance Programme (UXO LAO)
Ban Phonsavang
, Chanthabuly District
P.O. Box 345
Vientiane, Lao PDR
Tel. +856.21.418125-6   Fax. +856.21.418124
Email: uxolao@uxolao.gov.la

Visits

Published on 11 November 2013

UXO Lao maintains small displays of the UXO problem and its work at the national office in Vientiane as well as in each of the provincial offices.

PRESS VISITS TO FIELD OPERATIONS

Members of the international press wishing to visit UXO Lao field operations should:

Request permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Department. The purpose and duration of the visit should be stated in your request. Contact details for are as follows:

          Tel        +856.21.243523
          Fax       +856.21.243462
          Email:   komkankhao@yahoo.com

Upon approval by the MOFA Press Department, it will send a notice to UXO Lao. It is suggested that a copy of the request be furnished to UXO Lao’s Public Information Unit for reference purposes as well as to ensure that there is no conflict in schedule.

Donors

Polish Government supports UXO LAO

October 16, 2009

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The Handover Ceremony of 4 VALLON UXO Detectors from Polish Government to UXO LAO was held on October 16, 2009 in Savannakhet Province between Dr.Jerzy Bayer, Polish Ambassador to Lao PDR Mr. Bounpone Sayasenh.

The 4 VALLON UXO Detectors, worth EUR 10,729 will be used by UXO LAO Clearance teams in Savannakhet Province to replace some old detectors.

This is the second time that the Polish Government provided direct support to the Lao Government’s efforts in reducing the number of unexploded ordnance ( UXO ) in the country.

The Vallon UXO Detectors now are UXO LAO’s latest tools use to clear UXO from the country. These detectors help UXO Lao deminers to work faster with high quality and efficiency.

UXO Lao currently receives support from Australia, EU, Germany, Japan, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Switzerland, UK, USA, Poland and it also receives support from private foundation such as World Without Mines and Ito Supporting Comity ( ISC ).

Japaness Government supports UXO LAO

25th January 2010

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The Government of Japan has agreed to provide a grant totaling US$ 679,611 in support of UXO Lao operations in the provinces of Sekong and Attapeu for 2010.

The Grant Contract of the project was signed on 25th January 2010 in Vientiane Between Lao National UXO Programme Director Mr. Bounpone Sayasenh and Ambassador of Japan to the Lao PDR H.E. Mr. Masaaki Miyashita, witnessed by Vice Minister of Labour amd Social Welfare Mr. Laolee Faiphengyoua and UNDP Resident Representative Assistant Mr. Iori KATO..

The grant will be channeled through the UXO Trust Fund for Lao PDR managed by UNDP.

Japan - Asean Integration Fund ( JAIF ) supports UXO LAO through Japan Mine Action Service ( JMAS )

10 February 2010

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The Japanese Government, through the Japan - Asean Integration Fund ( JAIF ), provided funding to the Japan Mine Action Service (JMAS) to support the Lao National Unexploded Ordnance Programme (UXO Lao) operations in Attapeu province in Lao PDR.

The amount of US$725,000 will be used to support unexploded ordnance (UXO) removal from April 2010 to March 2011.

The Service Agreement was signed on 10 February 2010 between Lao National UXO Programme Director Mr. Bounpone Sayasenh and JMAS Representative Mr. Tomayasu Tagawa, witnessed by Vice Minister of Labour amd Social Welfare Mr. Laolee Faiphengyoua, Japaness Embassy representative Mr. Shigeru Omiri, UNDP Representative and NRA Deputy Director Mr. Somneuk Vorasanh

Germany gives EUR 250,000 to support UXO Lao operations in Louang Prabang

5 August,2010

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German Ambassador to the Lao PDR, Dr. Peter Wienand, signed on 5 August, 2010 an agreemant on grant assistance with UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Sonam Yangchen Rana. The event was witnessed by Director of the National Regulatory Authority on Unexploded Ordnance and Mine Action in the Lao PDR, Mr. Phoukhiao Chanthasomboun, and officials of parties concerned.

"This will help not only save lives and increase human wellbeing, but also preserve the area around the UNESCO’s World Heritage listed town of Louang Prabang and thus contribute to tourism development in the city," said Ms. Sonam Yangchen Rana.

Germany is the one of the leading donors to the UXO Lao programme. Since 1998 the German Government has provided US$ 2,5 million for the programme to fund its UXO resolution. As a result, almost 2000 ha of land have been cleared from UXOs and approximately 356,000 people have benefited from risk awareness activities.

Hand-Over Ceremony of vehicles and equipment for UXO clearance from Japan to UXO Lao

11 October, 2013

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The Hand-Over Ceremony of vehicles and UXO clearance equipment from Japan to UXO Lao was held on 11 October, 2013 at UXO Lao Training Center, Ilay village, Naxaithong district, Vientiane Capital between H.E. Ms. Junko YOKOTA, Ambassador of Japan to Lao PDR and H.E. Mr. Bounheuang DOUANGPHACHANH, Minister to the Government Office, Chirman of National Steering Committee on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication and also Chairman of NRA by participation of Mr. Thiphasone Soukhathammavong, the National Programm Director of UXO Lao, Mr. Koichi TAKEI, Chief Representative JICA Laos Office, the presentatives from NRA and concerned ministries.

The grant Aid sum, 900 million Japanese Yen or over 9 million US Dollars. The equipment to hand-over this time included:

- 97 vehicles,

- 50 Motobikes,

- 406 UXO Detectors,

- 55 Desktop computers,

- 36 Notebook computers,

- 25 Degital Cameras,

- 43 Genarators, 10 Scanners,

- 25 Photocopy Machines,

- 52 Printers,

- 19 Facsimile Machines,

- 197 Handheld Radios, ,

- 100 GPSs,

- 10 Projectors

- 54 Grass Cutters

UXO LAO AND IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS

Implementing partners channel funds from donors to UXO Lao. They also provide technical advisory support to the program.

1. ArmorGroup North America
2. Japan Mine Action Service (JMAS)
3. Mines Advisory Group (MAG)

4. Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA)

The UXO problem

Published on Monday, 11 November 2013

Lao PDR has the unwanted distinction of being per capita the most heavily bombed nation in the world.  Between the years 1964 and 1973, the United States flew more than half a million bombing missions, delivering more than two million tons of explosive ordnance, in an attempt to block the flow of North Vietnamese arms and troops through Laotian territory. The ordnance dropped include more than 266 million submunitions (known as “bombies” in Lao) released from cluster bombs.

It is estimated that up to 30% of all ordnance did not explode. Such unexploded ordnance (UXO) continues to remain in the ground, maiming and killing people, and hindering socio-economic development and food security.

CLUSTER MUNITIONS PROBLEM
 
In excess of 270 million
Estimated number of sub-munitions (bombies) from cluster bombs dropped over Lao PDR between 1964 and 1973.


30%
Estimated failure rate of sub-munitions under ideal conditions.


80 million
Estimated number of sub-munitions that failed to explode.


446,711  or  0.55%
Number or percentage of estimated unexploded sub-munitions destroyed by UXO LAO from 1996 to May 2010.

UXO Impact

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Published on 11 November 2013 Written by Super User

IMPACT OF THE UXO PROBLEM

The Lao Government recognises UXO contamination as an ongoing development challenge in the country. UXO contamination continues to threaten the physical safety, livelihoods, and food security of people in more than 25% of villages in Lao PDR.  It is a cross-cutting issue and affects the aim of the Government to maintain rapid economic growth in order to improve the living conditions of the poor, graduate from least developed country status by 2020, and meet its Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

UXO is an identified cause of poverty. The National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP) in 2003 states that there appears to be a significant correlation between the presence of UXO and the prevalence of poverty. Some of the most UXO contaminated communities are also among the poorest in the country. Its presence causes food shortages in affected provinces as it limits agricultural production expansion and villagers’ ability to achieve sustainable livelihoods. Many of the poor and vulnerable groups in remote rural communities face the dilemma of risking life and limb in tampering with UXO, or continuing living in impoverished conditions. Any kind of development program taking place in UXO affected areas (road building, school construction, or tourism development) are at risk from UXOand require substantial extra resources for UXO clearance.

UXO clearance contributes to the Lao Government’s poverty eradication program, the Government’s aim of exiting the least developed country status by 2020, and meeting the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

UXO Victims

Places where accidents usually occur:

1.Village centres (32%)
2.Upland rice fields (18%)
3.Lowland rice fields (13%)
4.Near forests (12%)
5.Paths and roads (7%)

Usual activities causing UXO-related accidents:

1.Handling of UXO (24%)
2.Farming (22%)
3.Forest products collection (14%)
4.Lighting fires/cooking and other domestic activities (12%)
5.Playing with UXO (11%)

THE UXO THREATS

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CLUSTER MUNITIONS (BOMBIES)   

Cluster munitions are the main cause of UXO casualties. Bombies are considered as the highest risk.

48% of UXO found, removed or destroyed

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GENERAL PURPOSE BOMBS   

GP bombs are a hazard, but not high risk.

 <1% of UXO found, removed or destroyed

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LAND MINES

Mines cause very few casualties, hazard, but not high risk.

 <1% of UXO found, removed or destroyed

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LAND SERVICED AMMUNITION

Rockets, shells, mortars, and the like are a hazard, but not high risk.

51% of UXO found, removed or destroyed

Lao National Unexploded Ordnance Programme

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UXO LAO: THE ORGANISATION

The Lao Government established the Lao National Unexploded Ordnance Programme (UXO Lao) with the support of UNDP, UNICEF, and other stakeholders through Prime Minister’s Decree Number 49, dated 13 February 1996, working under the Ministry ot Labour and Social welfare. Until begining of 2013, UXOLAO  was transferes from Ministry ot Labour and Social welfare to the National Committee for Rural Development and Poverty Eradication

UXO Lao maintains its National Office in Vientiane. It operates in nine of the most UXO impacted provinces in the country (Huaphanh, Luangprabang, Xiengkhuang, Khammuane, Savannakhet, Saravane, Champasack, Sekong, and Attapeu.) In every province, the provincial office works closely with their respective Provincial Office for Rural Development and Poverty Eradication coordinates with other departments such as health, education, agriculture, and forestry for work planning purposes.

Mandate:

Reduce the number of casualties caused by unexploded ordnance, and Increase the amount of land available for food production and other socio-economic development activities.

Laos still dealing with Vietnam War bombs almost 40 years on

Sydney, Australia, 4 March 2014 

Children make up almost half of the casualties who are injured or killed each year in Laos, as a result of unexploded bombs left over from the Vietnam War, ChildFund Australia CEO Nigel Spence said today.

Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, yet for children and families in affected parts of Laos the deaths continue. At least 20,000 people have been injured or killed by unexploded bombs – mainly cluster munitions – since the end of the war. Today there are approximately 300 new casualties each year, 40 per cent of whom are children.

“In 2015, the world will remember 40 years since the end of hostilities in Vietnam and Laos. However, in Laos, innocent children and family members are still being killed by the cluster munitions dropped on their country during the war,” Mr Spence said. “The rate of clearance is painfully slow and the task is complex. People live in fear of losing loved ones on a daily basis.”

ChildFund has launched an innovative appeal urging the Australian public to help clear bombs from a group of villages in Xieng Khouang, a northern province of Laos. An interactive map has been created showing the areas most in need of clearance. Australians who want to help can choose a plot size – starting from $24 to clear 50 square metres – and the map will be updated each week so people can see how their donation has helped.

ChildFund Laos country director Chris Mastaglio said: “The bomb-removal effort in Laos is not only critical to saving lives but for lifting rural people out of poverty. Many villages in Laos are contaminated by explosives, which affects the availability of land that can be used to grow food and make a living, or provide schools and safe play spaces for children.”

During the nine years of the Vietnam War, more than 270 million cluster munitions were dropped on Laos, earning it the unenviable title of the most bombed country per capita in the world. Almost a third of these bombs failed to detonate and remain live in the ground, threatening lives as well as hindering the development of affected communities.

Of the 80 million bombs left in the ground, only a fraction has been cleared. The Lao Government’s clearance target of 20,000 hectares a year by 2015 is unlikely to be met, requiring a “four-fold increase in survey and clearance activity”.

In the Nonghet district of Xieng Khouang, where ChildFund works in partnership with communities, additional funding is needed to clear land before community development activities can begin. “These villages need schools, clean water and safe farming land,” Mr Mastaglio said. “None of this is possible until the land is cleared.”

Mr Spence added: “The lack of safe land is one of the biggest issues affecting Lao children and their families, especially in rural areas. This appeal is a quick and effective way for people in Australia to do their bit and help clear a plot of land so that a family in Laos can enjoy the safety and freedoms we take for granted. Your donation will be making an immediate and life-changing difference for hundreds of children and their families.”

To donate, visit www.childfund.org.au/appeal/laos

Statistical information sourced from National Regulatory Authority for UXO/Mine Action Sector in Lao PDR; UNDP in Lao PDR