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A problem we can fix within our lifetime

There are countless problems in our world but I was drawn to Legacies of War because eliminating unexploded ordnance (UXO) from Laos (and other countries) is achievable in our lifetime. If we invest enough resources, this is one problem we can solve. I’m proud of how far Legacies has come and how much they’ve accomplished over the years."

-Marice Fernando, Legacies of War Volunteer, Community Organizer

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.

Only 1% of the Laos has been cleared since the last bomb was dropped in 1973.

Laos remains the most bombed country per capita in history.

With over 270 million cluster bombs dropped on Laos, approximately 30% did not explode on impact and are still in the ground just waiting to explode.

Laos remains the most bombed country per capita in history.

Laos remains the most bombed country per capita in history.

Latest News - CNN

How a new library sheds light on the US ‘secret war’ in Laos
"Most Americans learn something about the Vietnam War at school. Fewer learn about the shadow war that was being fought alongside it."

Our impact in the last year
together with our partners: Mines Advisory Group America (MAG), The HALO Trust USA, APOPO, PeaceTrees Vietnam

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Join our community of advocates

We are thankful to have over 100 members of our Lam Vong Circle of HOPE from all over the United States and beyond. This year, our goal is to recruit 50 new members to join this special group of passionate advocates of our mission who have committed to being on this journey together until we get the job done! Will you step up and join us? Become a member by donating $10/year.

We support the communities impacted by the American Secret War and bring awareness to the public through three distinct ways:


We work to mobilize change makers and advocate for funding for the Lao UXO sector to eradicate the deadly remnants of war from Lao soil.


Our work is the key to convene together different generations and communities and empower change on the grassroots, national and global level.

Diaspora-Led Programs

We offer original programming including film screenings and author interviews that tell the living story of the “Secret War” in Laos–ensuring it’s no longer a footnote in American history.

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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