Laos

  • Operational Since: 2010
  • Focus: Mine Risk Education
  • Partners: PMWRA, Laos Football Federation, UXO Laos, Ministry of Education and World Education

In a country with one of the highest rates of unexploded ordnance in the world, Spirit of Soccer has been educating young people in farming communities about the dangers of landmines for 5 years

РIn Laos, the majority of the population makes a living by subsistence farming, and in order to feed their family’s people take huge risks farming polluted land in the most heavily-bombed country in the world

– It is estimated that there are some 288 million cluster munitions and about 75 million unexploded bombs left in Laos

– 10 of the 18 Laotian provinces have been classified as ‘severely contaminated’ with artillery and mortar shells, mines, rockets, grenades and other explosive devices

– In 2010 Spirit of Soccer responded to a request to replicate its successful Cambodian Mine Risk Education program in the neighbouring country of Laos, the most heavily bombed nation in the world.

 

Read more about why Spirit of Soccer is needed:
From Laos to Libya, landmines still take their toll on civilians – The Guardian