U.S. bombs dropped decades ago in Laos still killing localsBreaking News
tags: Vietnam War, Laos, secret war
A U.S. secret operation in Laos that ended 43 years ago is still creating fresh wounds.
Eight-year-old Brong Yang has shrapnel in his side. In July, he made the mistake of playing with what he thought was a ball. Instead, it exploded.
“There was blood everywhere,” his father said. “I didn’t know what had happened, but when I felt metal under my son’s shirt, I knew it was a bomb.”
That bomb was dropped more than four decades ago by the United States military. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. carpet-bombed neighboring Laos, in part to cut off North Vietnamese supply routes. That covert operation is called the Secret War.
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