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The legacy of war

An estimated two million ordinance were dropped on Laos during the Vietnam war. 30 percent of the sub-munitions from cluster bombs failed to explode and pose an acute danger to the population. In DW’s report by Norbert Lübbers , women bomb disposal experts try and remove these bombs to secure their country.

Bomb disposal experts like Manixia Thor have learned to deal with the danger. Three weeks a month, she leaves behind her husband and child to lead a team of 12 women in Laos. “It’s no coincidence that we’re an all-woman team. I’m convinced that we have a better inner radar than men,” says Manixia Thor. To date, no one in her team has been injured on the job.

Read more about the Vietnam war, also known as the Second Indochina war on Wikipedia.


20.11.2013 | 10:37