Sean Sutton / MAG

Phanop, Khammouane province, LAOS

The two hundred villagers of Phanop take shelter in a cave to protect themselves from shrapnel as a Mines Advisory Group (MAG) team clear the area of unexploded ordnance (UXO) with a controlled explosion. This is the very spot where the villagers spent much of their time between 1964 and 1970 to hide from daily US air attacks.
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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48.51 x 31.04 cm (300 dpi)
19.1 x 12.22 inch (300 dpi)
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