Filed under: Vietnam January 2010 | Tags: landmines, Peacetrees Vietnam, quang tri province, Vietnam, vietnam war
where we are sitting there was a war going on. lots of people were (are) killed where i am walking, sitting, breathing. the soil is very red here.
there is a high iron content. yes, there are bombs in this soil. explosives which are still killing people, maiming people, blinding people, etc. good people. people who have/had nothing to do with any conflict between north and south vietnam, or the united states. kids who went out to play, thought a ‘bombie’ (cluster bomb) was a toy and kicked it. they may loose their site, legs and arms while their friends die right beside them. that is often how it happens.
today i interviewed and photographed a few landmine survivors and victims. (there is a difference here). i am meeting these folks, seeing these places, learning about how things are now, post war. things are good and bad.
yesterday, january 15 quang li told me 14 people had died this year in quang tri province from explosives.
Blaire (exec. director of peacetrees vietnam) says it will take over 200 years to clear all the explosives in the soil in vietnam. over 200 years. 200 years. how long did/will this war ‘last’ exactly?
the soil here is very red here. besides iron i imagine there is a lot of blood in this soil as well.
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