Throughout the 60s and early 70s Laos was embroiled in conflict - civil war and the Vietnam War. There were numerous ground battles and parts of the country were bombed so intensely that it is, to date, per capita, the most heavily bombed nation in history.
A large amount of ordnance failed to detonate; was unused and remained where it fell or was discarded. So much so, that more than forty years on, unexploded ordnance (UXO) continues to endanger people's lives in Laos. Though numbers have fallen, people continue to be killed or injured in accidents involving UXO, particularly cluster bombs.
UXO Lao is the national body responsible for clearing and defusing unexploded ordnance in the country.
I designed exhibition graphics for the organisation's visitor centre in Luang Prabang. Funded by the Australian Government and the United Nations Development Programme, the centre aims to inform tourists visiting the town, of the issues surrounding UXO in Laos.