DORSET, Vermont / GIA LAI PROVINCE, Vietnam - June 9 - Three children were killed this week and three others
injured when they discovered a baseball-sized cluster bomb left over from the US-Vietnam war and
played with it as if it were a toy. The children, ranging in ages from two to
eleven years old, found the cluster bomb in a river near their homes in Vietnamís
central highlands and attempted to remove the BB-like pellets on the outside of the
The resulting explosion killed three children, aged six, nine and eleven years old,
immediately and three others remain hospitalized.
Although the Vietnam War ended over 30 years ago, by some estimates over 350,000
tons of bombs that did not detonate when dropped remain in the ground. Since the
conflict ended in 1975, nearly 40,000 Vietnamese have been killed by these devices
and thousands more have been injured.
Clear Path International serves landmine and bomb accident survivors, their
families and their communities in former war zones in Southeast Asia. This
assistance takes the form of both direct and indirect medical and social services
to survivor families as well as equipment support to hospitals. Current Clear Path
projects are in Vietnam, Cambodia and on the Thai-Burma border.
More information about Clear Path International can be found on the web at