Vietnam War Relics Are Used as Everyday Objects in Laos

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Vietnam War Relics Are Used as Everyday Objects in Laos
Vietnam War Relics Are Used as Everyday Objects in Laos

Vietnam War relics are used as everyday objects in Laos and are integrated in the country’s society and its people’s lifestyle in the most practical, creative and ingenious way possible.

Although the Vietnam War officially ended in 1975, the remains of the battlefields are still very much alive today both in Vietnam and in neighboring countries like Laos. The US dropped over 270 million bombs over Laos, which means approximately 2 million tons of bombing material.

According to The Vintage News, based on statistics, planes dropped bombs over the country once every 8 minutes for 9 years! Laos is now considered the most heavily bombed country per capita throughout history! Pretty shocking what freedom and democracy can do to a country and its people, right?

Today, after 4 decades since the Vietnam War ended, many bombs that didn’t explode can be found in Laos’ countryside. An estimate shows that 30% of the bombs dropped by America over Laos didn’t explode and are placed over the country, buried underground and can detonate at any given moment.

Photographer Mark Watson went on a bicycle trip across Laos to document the country and its people and was shocked to see how people were converting war relics into everyday objects. In most cases, when people try to open bomb casings in order to sell them as scrap metal, explosions occur due to the fact that the bombing material is still active.

Vietnam War relics are used as everyday objects in Laos, such as planter boxes, cowbells, canoes, house foundations or as simple cups and buckets.

Vietnam War Relics Are Used as Everyday Objects in Laos
Vietnam War Relics Are Used as Everyday Objects in Laos

Old Vietnam War US airplane used as a boat.

Vietnam War Relics Are Used as Everyday Objects in Laos
Vietnam War Relics Are Used as Everyday Objects in Laos

Bomb casing used for decorative purposes.

Vietnam War Relics Are Used as Everyday Objects in Laos
Vietnam War Relics Are Used as Everyday Objects in Laos

Emptied bomb casing used as flower planter.

Vietnam War Relics Are Used as Everyday Objects in Laos
Vietnam War Relics Are Used as Everyday Objects in Laos

Emptied bomb casings used as a house foundation.

Vietnam War Relics Are Used as Everyday Objects in Laos
Vietnam War Relics Are Used as Everyday Objects in Laos

Buckets made from dismantled bombs.

Vietnam War Relics Are Used as Everyday Objects in Laos
Vietnam War Relics Are Used as Everyday Objects in Laos

Cowbells made from war relics.

Vietnam War Relics Are Used as Everyday Objects in Laos
Vietnam War Relics Are Used as Everyday Objects in Laos

House foundation made from emptied bomb casings.

Vietnam War Relics Are Used as Everyday Objects in Laos
Vietnam War Relics Are Used as Everyday Objects in Laos

Active bombs.

Vietnam War Relics Are Used as Everyday Objects in Laos
Vietnam War Relics Are Used as Everyday Objects in Laos

Canoe made from empty bomb casing.

Vietnam War Relics Are Used as Everyday Objects in Laos
Vietnam War Relics Are Used as Everyday Objects in Laos

Active bombs placed to be sold as scrap metal.

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