Why is Laos Called "The Most Bombed Country In The World"?

Why is Laos Called "The Most Bombed Country In The World"?

Laos is often referred to as the most bombed country in the world because of the heavy bombing campaigns that occurred during the Vietnam War. Between 1964 and 1973, the United States military dropped more than 2 million tons of bombs on Laos, making it the heaviest bombing campaign in history per capita.

The bombing campaign was part of the U.S. strategy to disrupt supply lines for the North Vietnamese Army, which were using Laos as a major transport route to move troops and supplies to South Vietnam. The U.S. conducted the bombing campaign covertly, without the knowledge or consent of the Lao government, and without declaring war on Laos.

As a result of the bombing campaign, many parts of Laos remain contaminated with unexploded ordnance (UXO), posing a significant danger to the population. It is estimated that up to 30% of the bombs dropped during the campaign failed to detonate, leaving millions of unexploded bombs scattered throughout the country.

The impact of the bombing campaign is still being felt today, as many Lao people continue to be injured or killed by UXO. The contaminated land also hinders economic development, as much of it cannot be used for farming or other activities.

Despite the devastation caused by the bombing campaign, the Lao people have shown remarkable resilience and have worked to rebuild their country. The Lao government has also taken steps to address the UXO problem, working with international organizations to clear contaminated areas and provide support to affected communities.

Overall, the heavy bombing campaign during the Vietnam War has left a lasting impact on Laos, earning it the title of the most bombed country in the world. However, the country and its people continue to move forward, working to overcome the challenges posed by the legacy of the war.

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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