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Reference : V-P-LA-E-00964
Date : 02/2011
Country/Region : LAOS
Caption : Xieng Khuang province, Phu Kut district, Village of Pang-on. Villagers preparing lunch: they have made a fire pit out of a cluster munitions container.
Photographer : GRIMM, Alfred
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Source: ICRC website, 05-04-2011 feature. Laos: water brings a flood of hope.
The conflict in Laos ended some 40 years ago. Yet many rural communities are still coping with the aftermath - unexploded cluster bombs, which put people and livelihoods at risk. Joint ICRC and Lao Red Cross projects are bringing water and sanitation to these remote areas.(...)

Laos is the country worst affected by cluster munitions used some 40 years ago. Today these munitions are continuing to kill and injure large numbers of people, to make land unfit for agriculture, and to impede development. In November 2010, Laos hosted the first meeting of States party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions. The Cluster Munitions Convention entered into force on 1 August 2010. As of 22 March 2011, 108 States had signed the Convention, and 54 had ratified it. Millions of submunitions have already been destroyed as a result of the Convention.

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