Sean Sutton / MAG

Phanop, Khammouane province, LAOS

Ponchan (19) has been working for four months as a technician in a Mines Advisory Group (MAG) team which is working to clear unexploded ordnance (UXO). "I come from Tat village about ten kilometres from here. There is so much UXO around and it is a big problem. I am very happy that I have this job, I can support my family and at the same time clear the fields and villages and save lives." Ponchans family are farmers but now she is the main bread-earner, with a salary of $95 a month.
Decades on, Laos is still living with the effects of the Vietnam war. Millions of bombs were dropped by US aircraft in Laos in an attempt to destroy the supply lines of North Vietnamese forces. Here in Bourlapha district, there were over 36,000 bombing missions. Many of the bombs remain deadly, with frequent accidents involving UXO.

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Sean Sutton / MAG
Phanop, Khammouane province
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