One Square Mile: Bitter Harvest - Laos| 21mins
Director: Justin Mills | Producer: Dev Tv
Focus Years: 2010 | Country: Switzerland
From the capital, Vientiane, it takes 10 hours for reporter Vasanthi Hariprakash to reach her square mile: a village next to the old Ho Chi Minh trail. Today itâ€™s a peaceful highway for enterprising Vietnamese traders, but during the war it was a target for the B-52 bombers with their deadly cargo of cluster bombs. Forty percent are live, called UXOs, Unexploded Ordinance, and Hariprakash finds the villagersâ€™ poverty leaves them no choice but to run the gauntlet of the unexploded munitions as they work in their paddy fields.