From 1964 to 1973, during the Vietnam War, the US military dropped more than 1.6 million tons of bombs on Laos in a failed attempt to keep communism at bay. That’s a plane-load of bombs every eight minutes for nine full years.
That’s more bombs than it dropped on all of Europe during World War II, making Laos the most heavily bombed country in the world on a per capita basis.See why this village in Laos is using bomb parts from The Secret War to build their community.
Nonetheless, the people of Laos have decided to put the weapons of mass destruction to good use and turn them into things that could help the community.
Empty bomb casings that once contained deadly explosives are visible all across the country in new forms — from hollowed out canoes and containers, to props holding houses above flood.