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Channapha Khamvongsa, Founder of Legacies of War, speaks with a child who has been injured by Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) in Laos 

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.

Only 1% of the contaminated land in 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.

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"Most Americans learn something about the Vietnam War at school. Fewer learn about the shadow war that was being fought alongside it."

Our donors are critical to our success as we fight for a bomb-free Laos.

In 2022:

View the latest Annual Report from the National Regulatory Authority in Laos

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Commit to this life-saving work!

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.

It all began with these illustrations


We support the communities impacted by the American Secret War and bring awareness to the public in 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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