During the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese used the Ho Chi Minh Trail to bring supplies through Laos to support troops in Southern Vietnam. This route was heavily bombed by the U.S., most often with cluster munitions, and a high level of UXO pollution remains in the area today. Since being accredited as a demining operator there in 2006, Humanity & Inclusion has cleared more than 24,000 unexploded ordnances (UXO) in Laos, the most heavily bombed country, per capita, on earth. The following videos show our amazing Laos team's efforts to clear land and save lives.
Simon Elmont is a demining expert protecting civilians from explosive remnants of war in Iraq by clearing areas contaminated in previous and ongoing conflicts, including the territories occupied by the Islamic State. Simon recently made time to tell us about his work.Read more
Mozambique was declared free of landmines in September 2015. Handicap International played a leading role there since launching its demining efforts in 1998. Deminers have since cleared more than 16 million square meters of land, neutralized 6,000 antipersonnel mines and 5,000 unexploded remnants of war. Grégory Le Blanc, Handicap International’s Head of Mission in the country, explains the benefits of this demining for the people of Mozambique who, until very recently, lived under the constant threat of mines.Read more