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  • Day 201- Took the VIP minibus aka: cramming 12 people in a 10 person Hyundai minivan with no seatbelts or AC, on the 7.5 hour, harrowing mountain pass roller coaster ride from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang today. To kill time while I sweated through my underwear and prayed for our lives, I did some Laos research. ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ’ป
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Hereโ€™s a little info for you:
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Did you know Laos is the most heavily bombed country (with respect to its population size) in the history of warfare? Itโ€™s unfortunate geography left it stuck in the middle of the Vietnam-U.S. War. โ˜น๏ธ
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Unexploded Ordinances (UXOs) are still a big problem in Laos even today. Itโ€™s estimated that over 260 million cluster bombs rained down on northern Laos between 1964 and 1973 and that 78 million of them remain unexploded. ๐Ÿ˜ง
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These UXOs cause injuries/limb loss and death each year as unexploded bombs are found lying dormant in the ground, usually by children or farmers. In a country with poor and inadequate healthcare, these accidents are extremely devastating. ๐Ÿ˜ข
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