Quang Tri Province, Vietnam (PRWEB) April 21, 2005
A man searching former battlefields for scrap metal to sell has been killed by a bomb left over from a war that raged here 30 years ago. 24-year-old Nguyen Van Chung struck a cluster bomb with a hoe and was killed almost instantly by shrapnel wounds to his neck and chest.
Many people in this remote area seek out scrap metal to augment their meager incomes. Some even take to dismantling the bombs and mortar rounds they find to sell the TNT and metal casing, often resutling in a grisly outcome.
Clear Path International, a US-based non-governmental organization with an accident response team in Vietnam, was able to respond to this accident and will temporarily assist the family financially to help offset the sudden loss of a wage earner. A dramatic video of the manÂs funeral as well as an eyewitness account of the accident can be found on Clear Path InternationalÂs blog at http://www.cpi.org/cpiblog.
Quang Tri Province, where this accident occurred, is located in the region formerly known as the Demilitarized Zone or the DMZ. This part of the world received the heaviest sustained bombing campaign in history.
Although the Vietnam War ended 30 years ago, by some estimates over 350,000 tons of bombs that did not detonate when dropped remain in the ground. This ordnance regularly claims lives and limbs in this still war-ravaged province. Since the conflict ended in 1975, nearly 40,000 Vietnamese have been killed by by these munitions.
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 http://www.cpi.org.
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