Bomb Kills Father of Five in Vietnam
Nguyen Duy Khanh, a father of five children was killed by a US-Vietnam War era shell on August 23rd, 2005 in Gio Linh district of Quang Tri province, Vietnam.
The 52 year old man was farming when struck an unidentified piece of ordnace with his hoe. The force of the blast was felt by his son not too far away who rushed to his aid and brought him to the hospital.
Khanh died soon after. He is suvived by his wife and five dependent children, the youngest of which is still in the 6th grade.
Although the Vietnam War ended 30 years ago, by some estimates over 350,000 tons of bombs that did not detonate when dropped remain in the ground. This ordnance regularly claims lives and limbs in this still war-ravaged province. Since the conflict ended in 1975, nearly 40,000 Vietnamese have been killed by by these munitions.
Clear Path International serves landmine and bomb accident survivors, their families and their communities in former war zones in Southeast Asia. This assistance takes the form of both direct and indirect medical and social services to survivor families as well as equipment support to hospitals. Current Clear Path projects are in Vietnam, Cambodia and on the Thai-Burma border.
Von: 24 August 2005, http://www.commondreams.org