The history of cluster bombs in Laos, which killed about 1.5 million people during the Vietnam war, will be talked about at an event in Parramatta next week.
The End Cluster Bombs and the Story of Laos event will include film screenings and talks on the history and effect of cluster bombs in the southeast Asian country.
More than 270 million bombies were dropped on Laos during the Vietnam War.
About 30 per cent of the bombies didn’t explode and Laos now suffers 300 casualties a year from the landmines.
Executive director of Corner Link Joyce Fu said the event aims to raise awareness of the situation in Laos.
“We want to plant a seed in people’s minds so that they become aware of the reality and danger of war and poverty in developing countries,” Ms Fu said.
The films Surviving the Peace and Bombies will be shown.
The work of mine-clearing organisations, Mines Advisory Group and Norwegian People’s Aid, as well as the ‘Stop Explosive Investment’ movement and the Arm Trade Treaty, will be discussed.
“In the future, we hope to run similar events across high schools in Sydney and Melbourne to educate youth of a reality they are so far from,” Ms Fu said.
The event is part of the Changemakers Festival 2013, and entry cost is a $5 donation for people over 18.
Details: November 2, 2-4.30pm, 8 Victoria Road, Parramatta.