During the Vietnam War neighbouring Laos got obliterated by US bombs, despite not officially being involved. But now the country is turning this negative in to a positive with jewellery made from bomb shards, which are being sold to raise money for landmine clearance.
The bombing of Laos by US forces is one of their ugliest legacies. This small peaceful country wasn’t officially a player in the war, and was hit as a defensive mechanism against Vietnamese troops, who may have crossed the border. For nine years the country was carpet bombed, every day, 24 hours a day.
But now Article 22 are working with local artisans to fashion jewellery out bomb shards. Money raised from the sale of the jewellery goes towards landmine clearance, another remanent from the war which continues to kill and maim innocent victims every year.
To buy Peace-bomb jewellery, and watch the film about how it came to be, visit the Article 22 website