Vietnam War’s Tragic Legacy

A demining team carefully removed a pile of rusty explosives – each one still able to kill or maim – from a quiet ploughed field in Quang Tri Province where fierce fighting once raged in the Vietnam War. Shortly after the lethal mortars and grenade launcher rounds were taken away, an anxious farmer in her 50s marched over to the team during their recent mission. The farmer, Van Thi Nga, had stumbled across the relics while growing vegetables, the main source of income in her village, which sits along the war’s former demarcation zone and is strewn with hidden explosives.

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