COPE is a non-profit organisation based in Vientiane, Lao PDR which was created in the response to provide UXO victims with the care and support they needed. This includes the provision of prosthetic devices.
UXOs are “explosive weapons that failed to detonate when they were fired, dropped, launched or projected, and still pose a risk of exploding”.
More than 50% of victims in the post-conflict era are children and over 80% of victims are male.
Of the 260 million cluster bombs dropped on Lao PDR, 80 million failed to explode.
Many people on a daily basis continue to come into contact with UXOs and cluster munitions.
Every year there are 300 more casualties from UXO incidents.