Article 22 partners with artisans in Laos who are creating jewelry from recycled bombs.
- Aluminum shrapnel is cast in molds to create bracelets and pendants.
- For decades, metal workers in Laos were recycling shrapnel to make spoons.
- Article 22 collaborates with these artisans to design and produce jewelry.
- Article 22 partners with organizations that are working to clear the countryside from unexploded bombs.
- Member of the Fair Trade Federation, which verifies and monitors fair trade practices
About the Bombs
- During the Vietnam War, the US dropped over 200 million tons of bombs on Laos.
- It is estimated that 30% of the ordinance dropped did not explode.
- The unexploded ordinance (UXO) still litters the Laotian countryside, and explodes when encountered by civilians.
- Since the bombing ended in 1973, over 200,000 people have been killed or injured by UXO.
- Currently, less than 50 people are killed or injured by UXO per year, down from 310 in 2008. About 60% of these accidents are fatal, and 40% of the victims are children.
- Data source: Legacies of War
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