Sean Sutton / MAG

Phanop, Khammouane province, LAOS

Somdy and her daughter Latsamy prepare sticky rice in their kitchen. As in all households in the village, their pots, pans, cutlery, plates and bowls are fashioned out of aircraft parts, rocket casings, cluster bomb cases and flare tubes. Next to the door is a bucket made from the nose of a cluster bomb unit.
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 unexploded ordnance (UXO). At the same time, ingenuity has transformed the detritus of war, adapting it for multitudinous everyday uses.

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Sean Sutton / MAG
Phanop, Khammouane province
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