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Eliminating the threat against Linh and her children

"It’s frightening to know that unexploded bombs are still found in our village after so many years", said Dinh Thi Linh. NPA and Project Renew discovered 145 explosive remnants in the area. 

Vinh Linh, Quang Tri (28 June 2018) – 35-year-old Dinh Thi Linh has lived in Khe Cat Village of Vinh Khe Commune for eight years with her family. While her husband tends their rubber plantation, she works at home looking after their children and raising some livestock. 

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Stretching along the Ho Chi Minh Road that runs, Khe Cat Village, located on the administrative boundary between Quang Binh and Quang Tri Provinces, has a population of over 100 inhabitants.  Most of the residents are Bru-Van Kieu minorities who earn their living by agriculture.  

“My eldest son felt shocked when he heard a big boom this morning,” said the mother of two. “I tried to explain to him that demining teams were demolishing dangerous bombs. It’s frightening to know that unexploded bombs are still found in our village after so many years.” 

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In response to information from NPA-Project RENEW’s Technical Survey (TS) teams who have been searching cluster munitions and other explosives in village, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team No. 4 arrived at the survey site to demolish a cluster bomb which was just found on a cassava plot near Linh’s home.

According to Team Leader Nguyen Tan Thang, this area is heavily impacted by unexploded ordnance (UXO), mainly cluster munitions, as confirmed by NPA-Project RENEW’s Non-Technical Survey operations conducted earlier this year. It was reported that the village had sustained two accidents due to post-war ordnance. The latest fatality was in January 2004. 

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Since 11 June 2018, Team No. 4 and three other TS teams have surveyed nearly 900,000 square meters and found 145 items of UXO, including 135 cluster munitions in Khe Cat Village.

Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) Survey & Clearance Program implemented at Project RENEW (Restoring the Environment and Neutralizing the Effects of the War) is funded by the U.S. Department of State and a cooperation project between NPA and Quang Tri Province Department of Foreign Affairs.

Read more about Project Renew here .

Read more about the work of NPA in Vietnam here

02.07.2018 | Hien Ngo