The COPE visiting centre.

We took a walk to the COPE visiting centre. Since its creation in 1996, COPE has worked in close partnership with Lao Ministry of Health rehabilitation centres to provide physical rehabilitation services. Thanks to COPE, thousands of people with mobility-related disabilities, including UXO survivors, have received prosthetic and orthotic services free of charge, allowing them to regain mobility and dignity.

Some statistics taken from their website:

270 million - Estimated number of sub-munitions (bombies) from cluster bombs dropped over Lao PDR between 1964 and 1973

2 million tons - Estimated ordnance dropped on Lao PDR between 1964 and 1973

580 000 - Estimated number of bombing missions flown over Lao PDR between 1964 and 1973

Between 10% and 30% - Estimated failure rate of sub-munitions under ideal conditions.

80 million- Estimated number of sub-munitions that failed to explode.

1,090,228- Estimated number of unexploded sub-munitions destroyed by UXO LAO from 1996 to December 2009.

~40 - Estimated number of new casualties from UXO incidents every year in Lao PDR
Bit of a daunting site... but a fantastic cause ...
posted June 15th, 2018  
Great capture
posted June 15th, 2018  
Stron shot. Great composition and light.
posted June 15th, 2018  
@haskar @julzmaioro Yes, all wars are terrible. Not just this one. 😩
posted June 15th, 2018  
Such sad history but a wonderful organisation.
posted June 15th, 2018  
Yes, great cause...great composition and lighting. So sad too.
posted June 15th, 2018  
How wonderful to see so many people helped after such sad & terrible happenings..
posted June 15th, 2018  
Such a fascinating subject for your photo. It’s nice to know someone is helping out like this and distressing to read those statistics
posted June 15th, 2018  
Wow, that's amazing!
posted June 16th, 2018  
Surreal image, but so very necessary.
posted June 16th, 2018  
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