Cluster Bomb Casing in Banlung, from the Secret War In Cambodia.
Above Photo: Me with the unearthed cluster bomb casing in Banlung.
We stayed in a really pleasant place in Banlung, the provincial capital of Ratanakiri province in north-western Cambodia recently.
On my first day, strolling around the gardens, I immediately spotted a cluster bomb casing. I’ve seen many in Laos but none before in Cambodia.
These cluster bombs were filled with hundreds of cluster bomblets which were dropped during the Vietnam War, tens of millions of which still litter the ground and the jungles of Laos and Cambodia.
I asked the hotel owner about the casing and he said it was discovered when they were clearing the land for the hotel.
It was dropped during the US’s Secret War on Cambodia, when planes tried to disrupt supplies coming down the Ho Chi Minh Trail through this area, which lies close to the Vietnamese border.
I stayed on the paths through the resort after that, doubting much proper UXO cleanup had gone on in the whole area.
See the trailer for our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil. Set in the jungles of Laos and Vietnam, the film deals with the possible fate of US servicemen left behind after the US pulled out of the Vietnam War.
For POWs left behind in Laos, see also:
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