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January 20, 2004
|We dissect Laos by traveling across the waist of the country towards Vietnam. Laos has the distinction of being the most bombed place on earth. During the Vietnam War, American pilots flew 1.5 times more missions in Laos than in all of Vietnam. American pilots dropped, on average, a planeload of bombs every 8 minutes, 24 hours per day, for nine years. By war's end, the bombing amounted to 2 million metric tons, or 10 tons per sq. km, or over a half-ton for every person living in Laos.|
People claim that the defoliants and herbicides used in the conflicts of Laos, the infamous "Agent Orange," still exist in the fish. The "Agent Orange" fish soup had a tangy flavor.
Ten metres from the road, as far as we'll venture 'off the beaten path.' Unexploded ordnance plagues the Laos countryside.