Why Do Land Mines Still Kill So Many?

NEW YORK TIMES

JAN. 6, 2018 SundayReview | EDITORIAL By THE EDITORIAL BOARD


An assortment of land mines and bomb parts that were removed from the ground in Afghanistan. Photos by Larry Towell/Magnum Photos

The world is rolling backward, and at a disturbingly faster pace, in the struggle to limit carnage from land mines and other booby-trap explosives. The most recent numbers, covering 2016, are appalling.

Known casualties that year came to 8,605, including 2,089 deaths, according to a new report by Landmine Monitor, a research arm of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. The toll was nearly 25 percent higher than the 6,967 maimed and dead counted a year earlier, and more than double the 3,993 in 2014. And these numbers are almost assuredly an undercount. “In some states and areas, numerous casualties go unrecorded,” Landmine Monitor said. Continue reading “Why Do Land Mines Still Kill So Many?”

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Explosion kills 2 kids, destroys 7 houses in northern Vietnam

By Ba Do, Pham Du   January 3, 2018 | 10:45 am GMT+7

Explosion kills 2 kids, destroys 7 houses in northern Vietnam

The explosion left a three-meter deep pit at the site. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh

The incident happened at a scrap facility in a residential area where many warheads have been found.

An explosion took place early Wednesday in Bac Ninh Province, killing two children, aged one and five, and leaving six others injured, said local officials.

The incident, which destroyed seven houses and unroofed another 10, took place at a scrap facility in a residential area in Yen Phong District, some 40 kilometers (24 miles) northeast of Hanoi.

All what’s left of the facility is now a three-meter deep pit.

The explosion was caused by explosives of unknown origin stored at the facility, said the provincial chair Nguyen Tu Quynh based on preliminary investigation.

Police and soldiers are at the scene rescuing people still stuck under the rubble as well as clearing the site.

Nguyen Van Tuan and his family, who live 30 meters from the scrap facility, were woken up at around 4:30 a.m. to deafening sounds of the explosion as the ground shook, houses collapsed and warheads rained down.

“I run away with my wife and children, stepping over warheads. Only around 1 kilometer away from the scene, there were no more warheads, Tuan said.”

Authorities estimate that the explosion could be felt as far as 5 kilometers from the scene.

Continue reading “Explosion kills 2 kids, destroys 7 houses in northern Vietnam”

Post-war bomb found near Long Biên Bridge

Update: November, 27/2017 – 14:38 vietnamnews

 
A bomb left after the war is found near Long Biên Bridge. – Photo tuoitre.vn

Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The Capital City High Command on Sunday concluded that an object found near Long Biên Bridge’s abutment P13 was a bomb left over after the war.

Functional forces are now coming up with solutions to salvage and disable the bomb. Continue reading “Post-war bomb found near Long Biên Bridge”

Chiến tranh, điều không nói

Chào các bạn,

Mình đang xem vài tập đầu loạt phim tài liệu khá đình đám gần đây về Chiến tranh Việt Nam của Ken Burns và Lynn Novick. Tất nhiên dân tình còn bàn tán, bình luận, khen chê nhiều về loạt phim tài liệu này như bao phim tài liệu chiến tranh khác. Mình cũng không bàn nhiều về bộ phim ở đây.

Chỉ có một chi tiết, ở ngay tập đầu tiên nhà văn Bảo Ninh – một người lính của quân đội miền Bắc – một trong số người được phỏng vấn nói suy nghĩ của ông đại loại: chỉ có những ông không đánh nhau bao giờ mới thích đi bình luận và tự hào về chiến tranh và chuyện bắn giết. Những người thực sự tham chiến thì chẳng ai muốn nhắc đến mà tung hô tự hào.

Đúng vậy, thực sự chiến tranh, bạo lực là một sự thất bại, là thể hiện những nỗi sợ hãi của con người. Chiến tranh chẳng có ai là kẻ thắng người thua. Tất cả các bên tham chiến đều là kẻ bại trận. Có gì đáng tự hào đáng tung hô về số người lính mà bên này hay bến kia đã hay đã bị tiêu diệt? Continue reading “Chiến tranh, điều không nói”

6 killed by suspected wartime bomb explosion in central Vietnam

By Xuan Ngoc   August 18, 2017 | 02:53 pm GMT+7

6 killed by suspected wartime bomb explosion in central Vietnam

e.vnexpress.net_Police and curious people stand outside a house where an explosion killed six people in Khanh Hoa Province on Friday. Photo courtesy of Vietnam’s government news portal

Neighbors said the family had been trying to dismantle a bomb to sell as scrap metal.

Six members of a single family were killed in an explosion in the central province of Khanh Hoa on Friday morning.

Among the victims were three children. Another child was seriously injured and is receiving treatment.

Local witnesses said they rushed to the house after hearing the blast to find the roof had been blown off and the smell of explosives hanging in the air.

An official said the explosion might have been caused by ordnance left over from the war.

Local media reports cited the victims’ neighbors as saying that one member of the family had brought home a bomb that morning and they were cutting it open when it exploded.

Continue reading “6 killed by suspected wartime bomb explosion in central Vietnam”

US army veteran returns to Viet Nam to heal scars of war

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Update: August, 14/2017 – 10:13

Chuck Searcy, Vice President of Project RENEW and Co-chair of the Agent Orange Working Group. — Photo pbs.org

Việt Nam News reporter Hoàng Anh talks to Chuck Searcy, Vice President of Project RENEW and Co-chair of the Agent Orange Working Group.


When did you come to Việt Nam and what motivated your decision?

The first time I came to Việt Nam was in 1967, as a 20-year-old soldier in the US Army. The year I spent in the war had a profound impact on me. That experience made me hate war. I saw the lies used by the US government to win support from the American people to continue the war, and I saw the death and destruction, the pain and the sorrow being caused to American families, but especially the terrible and tragic costs to the Vietnamese people. When I left the war zone in 1968, I knew that someday I would return – and I hoped it would be in a time of peace and recovery for Việt Nam. Continue reading “US army veteran returns to Viet Nam to heal scars of war”

Nghe An: More than 200 shrapnel bombs discovered on field

Last update 16:15 | 02/08/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – In a field in the central province of Nghe An, army engineers have collected 240 shrapnel bombs left from the war.

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The army engineers in Nghe An have reported collecting up to 240 shrapnel bombs from a field in Nghi Truong commune, Nghi Loc district.

Last week, Mr. Nguyen Dang Huan found a bomb-like object while working on his field. The man handed over the object to the local authorities. Continue reading “Nghe An: More than 200 shrapnel bombs discovered on field”

Con trai đầu người đội trưởng qua đời vì nổ bom bi tiếp tục con đường của cha anh

Project RENEW

Một năm sau vụ tai nạn thương tâm lấy đi sinh mạng của đội trưởng của chúng tôi Ngô Thiện Khiết, con trai cả của anh, Ngô Thiện Hoàng giờ đây là nhân viên khảo sát phi kỹ thuật của NPA-Dự án RENEW. Sau đây Hoàng chia sẻ với chúng tôi suy nghĩ về việc tiếp tục con đường của ba anh.
Ngô Thiện Hoàng

19 tháng 6 năm 2017

Ba tôi làm đội trưởng đội rà phá bom mìn của NPA-RENEW trong nhiều năm. Ông là một trong những nhân viên kỹ thuật có kinh nghiệm nhất và giỏi nhất, luôn nỗ lực cố gắng học hỏi để hoàn thành tốt mọi nhiệm vụ với sự chuyên nghiệp đầy đủ. Ba là một người siêng năng, rất chịu khó. Ba sống chan hòa với người than, bạn bè, đồng nghiệp. Ông luôn tôn trọng mọi người.
Continue reading “Con trai đầu người đội trưởng qua đời vì nổ bom bi tiếp tục con đường của cha anh”

Phát hiện bom nặng 340 kg ở sâu dưới ruộng lúa gần cảng Cửa Việt – U.S. 750-lb. Bomb Found in Rice Paddy Near Cua Viet Beach

Project RENEW

Phát hiện bom nặng 340 kg ở sâu dưới ruộng lúa gần cảng Cửa Việt

Triệu Phong, Quảng Trị (26-6-20170) — Các đội rà phá Dự án RENEW – NPA ngày hôm nay vừa phá hủy an toàn một quả bom nặng 340 kg được tìm thấy ở ruộng lúa thôn Hà Tây, xã Triệu An, cách khoảng 1 km với Cảng Cửa Việt, trước đây từng là căn cứ hỗ trợ và hậu cần cho các đơn vị lính thủy đánh bộ Mỹ dọc theo khu vực phi quân sự cũ.

Nhiệm vụ xử lý bom được tiến hành sau khi Bộ Chỉ huy quân sự tỉnh yêu cầu RENEW-NPA tiếp ứng một phát hiện bom do chính quyền xã Triệu An báo cáo ngày Chủ nhật. Continue reading “Phát hiện bom nặng 340 kg ở sâu dưới ruộng lúa gần cảng Cửa Việt – U.S. 750-lb. Bomb Found in Rice Paddy Near Cua Viet Beach”

50,000 evacuate German city over unexploded WWII bombs

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Authorities in Hanover defuse two bombs, while a third requires special equipment to be neutralised.German authorities are under pressure to remove unexploded WWII bombs [Peter Steffen/AFP]

More than 50,000 people were evacuated from Germany’s northern city of Hanover on Sunday in one of the country’s largest post-war operations to defuse unexploded World War II-era bombs.

Residents in a densely populated part of the city were ordered to leave their homes for the operation, planned since mid-April, to remove several recently discovered unexploded bombs.

Authorities had expected to remove at least five explosive devices, but only three were found. Two were defused successfully, while the third required special equipment to be made safe.
Continue reading “50,000 evacuate German city over unexploded WWII bombs”

250kg bomb found in Thái Bình

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Update: April, 26/2017 – 17:30

The bomb was found in Kiến Xương District’s Hồng Tiến Commune, in northern Thái Bình Province. – Photo baothaibinh.com.vn

THÁI BÌNH — An unexploded bomb weighing around 250kg was removed from Cồn Nhất Ferry in the northern Thái Bình Province, the provincial Military Command has said.

Trần Văn Vân, a local farmer, spotted the bomb at the ferry in Hồng Tiến Commune’s Cao Bình Village when he went fishing on Hồng (Red) River, provincial commander Colonel Nguyễn Đức Dũng said on Tuesday.

The Kiến Xương District’s People’s Committee halted ferry operations, and authorities summoned the police.

The bomb, 1.6m in length and 30cm in diameter, was disabled and moved around 300m away from the ferry for detonation on Tuesday, Dũng said. — VNS

UXO victim works to educate in Vietnam

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 04/24/2017 19:01 GMT + 7

A young man from central Vietnam who lost three of his limbs and vision to unexploded ordnance left from the U.S. war in Vietnam when he was ten years old is now actively working to protect others from the same fate.

Ho Van Lai, 27, from Cua Viet Town in Quang Tri Province, has come a long way since sustaining multiple serious injuries because of unexploded ordnance (UXO) 17 years ago.

His injuries, which affect 86 percent of his body, include missing both legs and his right arm, as well as seriously impaired vision in both eyes. Continue reading “UXO victim works to educate in Vietnam”

Ngăn chặn kịp thời nhóm người định bán quả bom 220 kg – Timely intervention made as scrap collectors about to cut 230kg bomb in central Vietnam

Dân Trí

Dân trí Nhóm người rà phế liệu phát hiện một quả bom nặng 220 kg và đang có ý định bán thì được chính quyền huyện Triệu Phong, tỉnh Quảng Trị ngăn chặn kịp thời.

Sau khi nhận được tin báo từ chính quyền, Dự án Renew thuộc Tổ chức Viện Trợ Nhân dân Na Uy (NPA) – một tổ chức nhân đạo hoạt động trong lĩnh vực giảm thiểu nguy cơ bom mìn – đã tiếp cận quả bom và tiến hành vô hiệu hóa trước khi vận chuyển đến khu vực hủy nổ tại bãi cát thuộc xã Triệu Trạch, huyện Triệu Phong. Continue reading “Ngăn chặn kịp thời nhóm người định bán quả bom 220 kg – Timely intervention made as scrap collectors about to cut 230kg bomb in central Vietnam”

Government taking steps to remove UXOs

vietnam news

Update: March, 29/2017 – 18:30

Soldiers successfully removed a live 225kg bomb from the central province of Phú Yên last year. — VNA/VNS Photo

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) on Tuesday reported about unexploded ordnance (UXO) contamination from past wars in Việt Nam and activities undertaken to mitigate its effects.

The conference was held to observe International Mine Awareness Day, which is on April 4.

The ministry said that Việt Nam has faced severe consequences of UXO, which has greatly affected the country’s development in general, and people living in bomb- and mine-polluted areas in particular. Continue reading “Government taking steps to remove UXOs”

Fury in Cambodia as US asks to be paid back hundreds of millions in war debts

    I forwarded this first to a delegation of Veterans For Peace who are now touring Viet Nam for 17 days, and I am accompanying them. They have seen some of the terrible legacies of the war in Viet Nam — consequences very similar to what neighboring Laos and Cambodia have experienced.  So this article has special resonance for them.

    It is also a reminder of the hard bargain the U.S. insisted upon during negotiations with Viet Nam which led to normalization of diplomatic relations in 1995.  The current government of Viet Nam was required to repay an old debt of the Saigon regime which collapsed in 1975, loans which had been provided during the war totaling some $145 million US dollars.  The Vietnamese eventually agreed, and repaid the first installments totaling about $15 million before then-Sen. John Kerry and Sen. John McCain intervened (and rightly so, in the opinion of many veterans) with congressional action which converted that debt to an “education” fund to provide study opportunities for Vietnamese students in the U.S. and American students in Viet Nam.  That was better than an outright repayment, of course — particularly when U.S. humanitarian assistance at that time was less than $4 million a year, for efforts related to UXO cleanup and disability programs that might bring some relief to families facing the awful consequences of Agent Orange.

    Sometimes simple fairness and justice, common decency, and morality must take precedence over the U.S. government’s bookkeeping requirements.  (It might occur to some of us that the U.S. Ambassador in Cambodia should be reminded of that.)
    CS

MARCH 11 201

Fury in Cambodia as US asks to be paid back hundreds of millions in war debts

 

Lindsay Murdoch

Half a century after United States B-52 bombers dropped more than 500,000 tonnes of explosives on Cambodia’s countryside Washington wants the country to repay a $US500 million ($662 million) war debt.

The demand has prompted expressions of indignation and outrage from Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh.

Over 200 nights in 1973 alone, 257,456 tons of explosives fell in secret carpet-bombing sweeps – half as many as were dropped on Japan during the Second World War.

The pilots flew at such great heights they were incapable of discriminating between a Cambodian village and their targets, North Vietnamese supply lines – nicknamed the “Ho Chi Minh Trail.” Continue reading “Fury in Cambodia as US asks to be paid back hundreds of millions in war debts”