LETHAL LEGACY: Mike Blanchfield’s Travers Fellowship stories and videos on unexploded cluster bombs.

Depictions of cluster bombs by grade one students in southern Laos

I: Red Cross, Norway question Canadian bill banning cluster bombs

Norway and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are raising concerns about pending legislation from the Harper government that would make Canada a full member of a treaty to ban deadly cluster bombs.
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Cluster bomb victims call for action from Canada ( Video )

II: Cluster bomb victims call on Canada to ratify ‘dirty’ weapon ban.

GENEVA – The last day of Ahmad Mokaled’s short life dawned on a sunny spring February morning in the southern Lebanon town of Nabatieh.
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III: Laos asks Canada to restart funding to help clear deadly cluster bombs

VIENTIANE, Laos – The scale of contamination by cluster bombs here is staggering. So Laos has a simple plea for Canada: please send us more money.
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Cluster bomb survivors fight for the future in Laos ( Video )

IV: Four decades after Vietnam war, Laotian children still pay the price

Grade one students in southern Laos learn the ABCs of UXO safety. Photo: Mike Blanchfield

Grade one students in southern Laos learn the ABCs of UXO safety.
Photo: Mike Blanchfield

SARAVAN, Laos – The 30 students in Ondomxai Dom’s Grade 1 class sit transfixed by the story she is reading of a boy and his father who happen upon a big piece of black iron while wading through a rice paddy.
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Grade one children learn to avoid unexploded Vietnam War ear cluster bombs ( Video )

V: Young Laotians help clear deadly remains of Vietnam War

Laotian deminers, part of a Norwegian NGO in the jungles of Laos.Photo: Mike Blanchfield Photo: Mike Blanchfield

Laotian deminers, part of a Norwegian NGO in the jungles of Laos.
Photo: Mike Blanchfield

 

MARKNOWNAY, Laos – Shadowed by a dense green and brown jungle canopy, Phakhai Keo methodically guides her metal detector across a thick carpet of grass, leaf and vine until a loud squeal cuts the still of the forest like a machete.
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Clearing unexploded ordnance from the jungle floor of Laos ( Video )

VI: Social media, satellite forensics chart damage from Syrian cluster bombs

GENEVA – The roar of a MiG fighter jet streaking somewhere above Anas Marwah’s car was deafening. Then came the ear-splitting crack of the plane breaking the sound barrier. And then, almost as suddenly, it was over.
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SPOT NEWS from Canada:

NDP, Liberals call for changes to Canada’s bill ratifying cluster bomb treaty

Cluster bomb bill in limbo after House rises, as opponents eye amendments

Canadian Press photographer Paul Chiasson and Mike Blanchfield coming out of the jungle in southern Laos after accompanying deminers. Photo: Mike Blanchfield.

Canadian Press photographer Paul Chiasson and Mike Blanchfield coming out of the jungle in southern Laos after accompanying deminers.
Photo: Mike Blanchfield.