|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Thu, 29 Jul 2010 07:51:13 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS, GLOBAL: Laotians use war scrap|
In Laos, villagers turn American war scrap into inventive tools By Karen J. Coates MinnPost July 29, 2010Editor's note: The International Convention on Cluster Munitions, prohibiting all use, stockpiling, production and transfer of such weapons, comes into effect on Aug. 1. Villagers in Laos, meantime, continue to find creative ways to use scrap metal from these deadly munitions as part of their everyday lives.
VIENTIANE, Laos - A scorching sun settled across southern Laos, as farmers burned the land to make new fields.
A woman hacked at weeds with two young children in tow, the heat of a nearby fire caking her in a sweaty, sooty film. She paused a moment, wiped her neck, then hoisted her hoe. Sitting behind her thatched hut was the casing of a 750-pound bomb made at Pine Bluff Arsenal, Arkansas. Its label was clear: "Special firework. Handle carefully. Keep fire away."
Laotians everywhere continue to unearth American bombs, dropped nearly 40 years ago. Today, wartime remnants spark some of the country's most creative construction and engineering. Villagers turn scrap into tools and utensils - everything from bowls to buckets, boats, spoons, knives, hoes, troughs, ladders, planters, cowbells, stilts and pedestals for satellite dishes.
... For the entire article, see http://www.minnpost.com/globalpost/2010/07/29/20073/in_laos_villagers_turn_american_war_scrap_into_inventive_tools -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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