Two UXO call-ins from local people lead RENEW teams to dangerous munitions caches left from the war

Project RENEW

Hai Lang, Trieu Phong Districts, Quang Tri (22 October 2015)

On Tuesday local Quang Tri residents made two urgent phone calls to Project RENEW’s hotline to report their discovery of wartime ordnance, and to ask for assistance.

35-year-old Hoang Van Ty, a villager in Trieu Van Commune of Trieu Phong District, was preparing land to build a temple in the village cemetery when he encountered unexploded ordnance (UXO).  He reported the discovery immediately to commune military officer Nguyen Van Lam, who used his mobile phone to call to Project RENEW.

Within an hour EOD Team No. 2 was dispatched to Trieu Van Commune where military officer Nguyen Van Lam led the team to the villager who found ordnance.  Together they returned to the site where team members used detectors to check the area. They found a total of 79 items of UXO, mainly 40mm grenades (also known as M79 munitions).  All these items of ordnance were later transported to RENEW’s Central Demolition Site for safe destruction.

Meanwhile in Hai Truong Commune of Hai Lang District, a farmer also found ordnance that had been exposed after torrential rains on his plantation, and he called to RENEW’s hotline.

56-year-old Truong Quang The’s plantation is in Hau Truong Village, where he is planting young acacia trees. Acacia is the main source of income for many local villagers and it takes fewer years to harvest than other trees.

Project RENEW’s EOD Team No.1 was tasked to respond to Mr. The’s UXO discovery. The farmer waited for the team and led them to his plantation, pinpointing the site.  Investigating, the team found five mortars and two projectiles and transported them to RENEW’s Central Demolition Site for destruction.

During the first nine months of 2015, 498 UXO discoveries reported by local people to Project RENEW’s toll-free hotline number have resulted in more than 1,700 items of cluster bombs, grenades, mortars and projectiles being safely destroyed by our mobile EOD teams.

“As local people continue to call the RENEW hotline when they find UXO, our EOD teams are responding immediately to those sites and safely removing or destroying the ordnance,” said Nguyen Hieu Trung, Project RENEW’s Coordination Manager.  “That’s a major reason why in recent years we have seen a big decrease in the number of accidents, death, and injuries caused by UXO.”

Trung said participation by local children and adults in the Community Reporting Network – calling in findings of ordnance quickly and accurately – triggers immediate response from EOD teams.  “That is a key factor in our work to make Quang Tri Province safe from the threat of unexploded ordnance,” Trung said.

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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