Vietnam War veteran mends post-war wounds, one bomb at a time

By Hoang Tao   July 11, 2020 | 08:08 pm GMT+7 VNexpress

Vietnam War veteran mends post-war wounds, one bomb at a time

Chuck Searcy (R) poses with Bui Trong Hong, National Technical Officer at Project RENEW. Photo by VnExpress/Ngo Xuan Hien.

For the past 25 years, Chuck Searcy has cleaned up explosives and helped disabled children in Quang Tri Province, a prime Vietnam War battleground. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam War veteran mends post-war wounds, one bomb at a time”

Meet the female squad who clear out Vietnam’s unexploded bombs

QUANG TRI, Vietnam (Reuters) – Two petite women in protective gear walk slowly down an empty field in Vietnam, carrying a large metal detector that clicks and whirrs, searching for unexploded ordnance.

Medic and safety officer Nguyen Thi Ha Lan supervises her teammates, the “landmine girls” as they are known, preparing to detonate a cluster bomb left behind from the war with the United States that ended in 1975.

It is one of many underneath the soil in Quang Tri province, north-central Vietnam.

Once the team is ready to detonate, Lan warns people to clear the area. A siren goes off and then an earthshattering boom. Tiếp tục đọc “Meet the female squad who clear out Vietnam’s unexploded bombs”

Quang Ngai Red Cross Association Reviews Pilot Replication of RENEW’s MRE Best Practices in Ba To District – Ba Tơ, Quảng Ngãi (24 September 2019) — Project RENEW Coordination Office and representative of Quang Tri Mine Action Center (QTMAC) were present in Ba To District today for attending the final review of Mine Risk Education (MRE) program hosted by Quang Ngai Provincial Red Cross Association, with local representatives from Ba To District People’s Committee, relevant bureaus, Youth Unions and principals of schools. Tiếp tục đọc “Quang Ngai Red Cross Association Reviews Pilot Replication of RENEW’s MRE Best Practices in Ba To District”

Đội nữ rà phá bom, mìn vùng “đất lửa” Quảng Trị

Đội nữ rà phá bom, mìn vùng ‘đất lửa’ Quảng Trị

plo – Hàng ngày những đội rà phá bom mìn tại Quảng Trị vẫn tiếp tục chiến đấu với một “thế lực” ngụy trang dưới lòng đất đang đe họa tính mạng của người dân.
Các vị trí tìm nơi ẩn nấp, khoảng 30 giây nữa sẽ tiến hành hủy nổ.

3…2…1… nổ!

Cô gái nói vào máy bộ đàm để đồng đội làm việc cảnh giới tại các hướng xung quanh vị trí hủy nổ tìm nơi ẩn nấp. Những cô gái này trước đó đã dùng loa phóng thanh để thông báo bà con không đi vào vùng nguy hiểm. Dứt lời, tiếng nổ lớn của một quả lưu phóng 40mm, một quả Blu cùng với thuốc kích nổ phát lên khiến khói và cát tung mù trời. Tiếp tục đọc “Đội nữ rà phá bom, mìn vùng “đất lửa” Quảng Trị”

Post-war desire for peace keeps burning in Quảng Trị

VNN – Update: July, 01/2019 – 09:48

Diệu Linh explains how the clearance activities work. VNS Photo Khoa Thư
By Khoa Thư

QUẢNG TRỊ Fastening her bucket hat and carefully tucking her khaki chinos into her boots, Nguyễn Thị Thuỷ does a final check before stepping into a bare plot of sandy land.

A normal summer day in the coastal commune of Hải An, Hải Lăng District, Quảng Trị Province is scorching. Work needs to start early in the morning to avoid the unbearable heat.

In her hand, a small metal detector keeps buzzing as she swings it slowly over the land, inch by inch.

If it starts beeping, Thuỷ will mark the location with a red flag and her team members will help remove a newly-found bomb and destroy it by the end of the day. Tiếp tục đọc “Post-war desire for peace keeps burning in Quảng Trị”

Các nữ đại sứ thăm đội rà phá toàn nữ của RENEW-NPA – Women Ambassadors Visit RENEW-NPA’s All-Woman Clearance Team

English after Vietnamese

Các nữ đại sứ thăm đội rà phá toàn nữ của RENEW-NPA

Project RENEW

Đội rà phá hiện trường giao tranh toàn nữ RENEW-NPA và bốn nữ đại sứ, hàng trước (từ trái qua phải Deborah Paul, Canada; Wendy Matthews, New Zealand; Grete Løchen, Na Uy; và Beatrice Maser Mallor, Thụy Sĩ). Hải Lăng, Quảng Trị, 09/5/2019. © Hien Ngo / RENEW-NPA.

Hải Lăng, Quảng Trị (9/5/2019) – Bốn nhà lãnh đạo của cộng đồng quốc tế ở Việt Nam, các nữ đại sứ của Thụy Sĩ, Na Uy, Canada, và New Zealand (được biết đến là Nhóm G4) tại Việt Nam, hôm thứ Năm đến Quảng Trị để xem một đội rà phá hiện trường toàn nữ làm việc.

Đoàn gồm có Đại sứ Deborah Paul (Canada), Wendy Matthews (New Zealand), Grete Løchen (Na Uy), và Beatrice Maser Mallor (Thụy Sĩ). Chuyến thăm chính thức dài hai ngày của họ là để trực tiếp tìm hiểu về hậu quả chiến tranh ở Quảng Trị, đặc biệt là nỗ lực đang diễn ra để khảo sát và rà phá bom mìn còn sót lại sau chiến tranh mà còn đe dọa cuộc sống của người dân địa phương. Các đại sứ cũng thăm các dự án phát triển do các nước nhóm G4 tài trợ. Tiếp tục đọc “Các nữ đại sứ thăm đội rà phá toàn nữ của RENEW-NPA – Women Ambassadors Visit RENEW-NPA’s All-Woman Clearance Team”

Meet the Team Leader of Vietnam’s First All-Female Clearance Team

Project RENEW update

April 14, 2019

At age 30, Nguyen Thi Thuy has started in a job that everyone in Vietnam believed that only men could do. This mother of one daughter now leads an all-female clearance team of 16 members for clearing cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war contaminated land in Quang Tri Province.

The youngest from a family of eight children in Gio Chau Commune, Gio Linh District, Nguyen Thi Thuy has been working with the Survey and Clearance Program of Project RENEW and Norwegian People’s Aid (RENEW-NPA) in Quang Tri Province since 2013.

Tiếp tục đọc “Meet the Team Leader of Vietnam’s First All-Female Clearance Team”

How Vietnam, US heal wounds of war to build up comprehensive partnership

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Vietnam and the US have together marked the transformation from enemies to partners since the end of the war in 1975 by overcoming war legacies, among priorities in the bilateral ties. 

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US expert helps Vietnam settle unexploded odnance. Photo: PeaceTrees

Tackling war legacies has required both time and efforts that neither Hanoi nor Washington have been reluctant to do over the past decades, making the relationship a case study of foe-turned-friend. Tiếp tục đọc “How Vietnam, US heal wounds of war to build up comprehensive partnership”

Unexploded bombs continue to haunt Hà Giang

vietnamnews Update: March, 07/2019 – 09:00
Unexploded ordnance littered the forest floor in Hà Giang Province. — VNS File Photo
Viet Nam NewsĐỗ Bình

HÀ GIANG — Residents of Thanh Thuỷ Commune in Vị Xuyên District said they are still occasionally startled by an explosion somewhere in the mountains nearby, a cruel reminder of a bloody border war 40 years ago.

They first prayed that no one gets hurt by stepping on the unexploded ordnance (UXO) buried in the terrain throughout the north-eastern uplands, especially the northernmost province of Hà Giang, where the bloodiest battles were waged.

Bồn Văn Hòn lives just 10km from the centre of Thanh Thuỷ Commune but the journey easily takes more than two hours.

Having lost both of his legs in two separate incidents related to unexploded bombs, Hòn uses his arms to move around

The changeable weather at this time of the year causes him major aches all over and he could no longer rely on crutches. Tiếp tục đọc “Unexploded bombs continue to haunt Hà Giang”

Forest Harvester Reported 750-pound Bomb on Acacia Plantation in Hai Lang District

Chuck Searcy: This report is from my colleague Ngo Xuan Hien at Project RENEW, describing another finding of a big bomb in Quang Tri Province which was safely removed to the demolition site and destroyed.  The bomb is bigger than most ordnance cleaned up and destroyed every day — usually cluster bombs, grenades, artillery rounds, mortars — but now even these infrequent occurrences of 500-pound or 750-pound bombs are treated somewhat routinely.  That is to say, local people are no longer alarmed, once they report the finding they are confident that NPA-RENEW technicians or other NGO teams coordinated by the Provincial Legacy of War Coordination Center will come quickly to the site and handle the threat skillfully and professionally, and residents can soon return to their normal activities.  The situation is being managed, and that is the key to long-term safety and protection of villagers, farmers, school children.

Hai Lang District, Quang Tri (28 November 2018) — Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams managed by NPA-Project RENEW on Wednesday safely destroyed a 750-pound U.S. aircraft bomb at their Central Demolition Site in Hai Que Commune. It was identified an air-dropped general purpose bomb, M117 series, that was extensively used by U.S. military forces during the Vietnam War. Read more here.

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Quang Tri mobilises resources to settle post-war landmines

VNA WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2018 – 9:45:00

Unexploded bombs and mines found in Quang Tri province (Photo: VNA)

Quang Tri (VNA) – The central province of Quang Tri has mobilised more than 20 projects and non-project aid packages worth over 4 million USD in the first nine months of the year to address the lingering consequences of bombs and mines left by wars across the locality. Tiếp tục đọc “Quang Tri mobilises resources to settle post-war landmines”

RENEW project handles 590 explosive devices in Quang Tri

VNA SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2018 – 17:52:00 PRINT

Various explosive devices found at the construction site in Quang Tri (Photo:

Quang Tri (VNA) – A team of the “Restoring the Environment and Neutralising the Effects of the War” (RENEW) project said it safely moved 590 explosive devices from a construction site in the central province of Quang Tri.

The mission took place from October 10-11, right after the team received a report on explosive devices from workers, who were building a guest house of Quang Tri town’s military high command at a location near the southern bank of Thach Han river.

At the site, the team found many devices, including shells and mortar shells, at a depth of 2 metres, with their detonators remained intact.

The devices were moved to a safe site for defusing in Trieu Trach commune, Trieu Phong district.

RENEW, mainly sponsored by the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA), aims to help Quang Tri, known as one of the provinces hardest hit by the war, settle post-war bomb and landmine impacts.

To date, more than 131 million square metres of land in Quang Tri province have been mapped out as confirmed hazardous areas that need full clearance. The NPA’s teams have destroyed about 70,000 pieces of dangerous ordnance, helping to eliminate the risks of death and injury for local residents.-VNA

Landmines and Explosive Remnants of War

International statistical resources

War-ravaged Vietnamese province receives $10 mil from Norway for mine clearance

VNExpress By Vu Minh   April 18, 2018 | 05:02 pm GMT+7

War-ravaged Vietnamese province receives $10 mil from Norway for mine clearance

Unexploded ordnance are found in Vietnam’s central province of Quang Tri. Photo by VnExpress/Quang Ha

The Norwegian People’s Aid has already helped remove 70,000 tons of unexploded ordnance from Quang Tri Province.

Vietnam’s central province of Quang Tri has received $10 million from a Norwegian organization to help clear unexploded ordnance.

The deal with Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) was signed on Wednesday and will sponsor a project expected to run until 2022, Vietnam News Agency reported.

Vietnam is one of the most heavily contaminated countries in the world when it comes to explosives. Between 1945 and 1975, during two wars with French and American invaders, more than 15 million tons of explosives were dropped on Vietnam; four times higher than the amount unleashed during World War II.

Tiếp tục đọc “War-ravaged Vietnamese province receives $10 mil from Norway for mine clearance”

Cựu binh Mỹ và 23 năm đi hàn gắn vết thương chiến tranh

04/03/2018 11:32 GMT+7
TTOCùng thời điểm sự kiện tàu sân bay Mỹ USS Carl Vinson đến Đà Nẵng, một cựu binh Mỹ lặng lẽ sắp xếp cho một nhóm 40 cựu binh Mỹ đi dọc Việt Nam 17 ngày để tìm hiểu về chất độc da cam và bom mìn còn sót lại.
Cựu binh Mỹ và 23 năm đi hàn gắn vết thương chiến tranh - Ảnh 1.

Chuck Searcy trò chuyện với các chuyên gia rà phá bom mìn người Việt ở Quảng Trị – Ảnh: NVCC

“Chuyến thăm không phải để ôn lại những ký ức đau thương mà là hàn gắn lại những vết thương chưa lành” – Chuck Searcy, một cựu binh Mỹ 73 tuổi, nói.

Tiếp tục đọc “Cựu binh Mỹ và 23 năm đi hàn gắn vết thương chiến tranh”