Mortar Round from US-Vietnam War Kills Four Children in Vietnam

Unexploded ordnance litters the Vietnam countryside.

As landmine-ban activists (and CPI representatives) gather in Geneva, a tragic reminder from Vietnam that it is not just landmines that kill and injure long after wars have ended.

Yesterday, four children were killed and five injured in southern Vietnam by a mortar round from the US-Vietnam War. Clear Path International has been working with survivors of these accidents in Vietnam since the year 2000.

Too often children find these devices and play with them, as is the case, here.

Giang said the shell exploded when the children who found the shell from bamboo brush were playing with it. A villager found the shell five years ago when dredging a canal.

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