A villager named Haum waters her onions, growing in an American cluster bomb casing in Kunpho, Laos.
Laotians everywhere have turned war scrap into useful tools. The large metal casings from cluster munitions can sell for upwards of $40—a near fortune to many rural villagers. But some gardeners prefer to keep the casings, turning them into sturdy raised herb gardens. Village to village, province to province, Laotians insist: the bomb is the bomb when it comes to gardens. Read the story in The Faster Times.
Onions grow in an American bomb casing in Gnommalath, Laos.
A villager in Boualapha tends her herb garden, planted in a type of bomb dropped during the early stages of the American war in Laos. Boualapha, near the Vietnam border, remains one of the country’s most contaminated regions.
A pig feeds from a bomb casing that has been used as a trough for years in Ban Pakeo village.
Children stand beneath a rice storage hut built atop posts made from bomb casings in Xieng Khouang province.
A bomb casing serves as a planter in Najat village, where scrap-metal collecting is one of the community’s largest—and deadliest—sources of income.