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Millions of life-threatening unexploded cluster munitions and other ordnance (UXO) hold the land of Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam hostage.

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A problem we can fix within our lifetime

"For years, she urged the United States to do more to help remove unexploded bombs here in Laos. 'There are many, many problems in this world that might not be able to be solved in a lifetime,' she's said, but this is one we can fix. So, Channapha, we thank you for working to fix this problem."

-President Barack Obama

From 1964-1973, the U.S.​ dropped more than two million tons of ordnance on Laos during 580,000 bombing sorties—equal to a planeload of bombs every 8 minutes, 24 hours a day, for 9 years.

With over 270 million cluster bombies dropped on Laos, approximately 30%, about 80 million, did not explode on impact and are still in the ground.

Roughly 30% of Laos is contaminated with UXO. Less than 10% has been cleared since the last bomb was dropped in 1973.

Laos remains the most bombed country per capita in history.

Laos remains the most bombed country per capita in history.

Laos remains the most bombed country per capita in history.

Legacies of War leads the call to ban cluster munitions in the U.S. and around the globe as the Chair of the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines - Cluster Munition Coalition

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Children hit hard as landmine casualties almost triple in Myanmar

Buried bombs are robbing children of their limbs as landmine as casualties rise to 1,052 in Myanmar.

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Why We Exist

Legacies of War is the only U.S. based educational and advocacy organization dedicated to increasing awareness about the American Secret War in Laos and U.S. wars in Southeast Asia. Our primary objective is to secure U.S. funding for the removal of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, while also advocating for survivor assistance and mine risk education.

We take a holistic approach to our community engagement efforts, combining multiple disciplines, including history, politics, food, art, fashion, and cultural heritage. Our aim is not only to educate and mobilize individuals on the issue of UXO in Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, but also to encourage the diaspora and veterans in the U.S. to embrace and preserve their shared history of war and refuge. By transforming our experiences of shame and pain into narratives of resilience, cultural pride, and healing, we strive to empower these individuals and promote a deeper sense of community and belonging.

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Commit to this life-saving work!

This year, our goal is to recruit 50 new members to join our recurring giving program, Lam Vong Circle. This special group of advocates are committed to being on this journey together until we get the job done! Will you join us? Become a member by donating $10/year.

It all began with these illustrations

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We support the diaspora communities impacted by the American Secret War in Laos and U.S. wars in Cambodia and Vietnam in three distinct ways:

Advocacy

We advocate for U.S. funding for the UXO sector in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam to clear land, assist survivors, and provide Explosive Ordnance Risk Education.

Community 
Engagement

We use art, culture, education, and community organizing around events to bring people together and create spaces for healing and hope. 

Diaspora-Led Programs

We offer FREE educational

programming including Legacies Library, Khao Niew's Classroom, and Thip Khao Talk.

Legacies is a proud member of these working groups

War Legacies Working Group

Conventional Weapons Destruction Network

Environment in Mine Action

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