From 1964 to 1973, United States warplanes dropped more than 270 million cluster munitions on the communist country Laos in Southeast Asia. One-third of the munitions dropped did not explode, and now efforts are ongoing in the region to clear the earth of the dangerous unexploded munitions.
On Tuesday, the United States Government announced that it would provide an additional $90 million in aid to help Laos over the next three years. The aid will go directly to support munitions clearing efforts in Laos, the region heavily bombed during the Vietnam War, where unexploded ordnance has killed or injured more than 20,000 people.
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