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Run Me to Earth

by Paul Yoon

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Hidden Dangers: War's Legacy of Unexploded Ordnance

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Landmine in Iraq Author Paul Yoon's novel Run Me to Earth describes Laos as a beautiful landscape marked forever with unexploded ordnance (UXO) left in the wake of war from 1964 to 1973. Concealed explosives impact every character in the novel. The legacy of landmines and other unexploded munitions endures in the 21st century, not just in Laos but worldwide. Victims injured or killed by these weapons are often children at play or civilians and farmers living in rural areas that have not been cleared. It's estimated that 30% of the 250,000 cluster bombs dropped in Laos haven't yet exploded, and it's been almost 50 years since war ended there.

UXO affects more than 50 countries including Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, El Salvador, Colombia, Myanmar, Bosnia, Ukraine, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Angola and others. UXOs, such as cluster bombs dropped by aircraft, can embed in the earth, and aren't always visible dangers. A curious child or a farmer ...

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