Discover Khammouane province of Laos, located in the center of the country. The Mekong River Valley in the west is framed by the Annamite Mountain Range which separates Khammouane from Vietnam to the east. The Limestone Mountains are honeycombed with countless caves, some of which for ages concealed forgotten treasures.
Mr. Lung Ky from Ban Nong Bua, located at the Ho Chi Minh Trail in the Khammouane province of central Laos shares his personal story during the secret war. His village lived and survived for almost 9 years in a nearby cave, hiding from bombings of the Vietnam war.
From 1964 to 1973, the US dropped more than two million tons of ordnance on Laos during 580,000 bombing missions – equal to a planeload of bombs every 8 minutes, 24-hours a day, for 9 years – making Laos the most heavily bombed country per capita in history. The bombings were part of the U.S. Secret War in Laos to support the Royal Lao Government against the Pathet Lao and to interdict traffic along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The bombings destroyed many villages and displaced hundreds of thousands of Lao civilians during the nine-year period.
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