The art of omission

I was happy to find a documentary on Laos in Voddler. Was curious and wanted to see it, just to bring Laos back in front of my eyes.

The documentary covered all kinds of interesting topics, such as rare wildlife, hill tribes, slash and burn agriculture, living traditions of practicing Buddhism and of course the pure beauty of the country: breathtaking nature and friendly people.

But the documentary did not mention anything about unexploded ordnance, UXO. I find that very, very strange. How can you make a documentary on Laos and not mention it?

According to UXO Lao, Lao PDR is the most heavily bombed country per capita in the world. Over two million tons of ordnance were dropped on Laos between 1964 and 1973 by more than 580 000 bombing missions. Approximately 25% of all villages of Laos are affected: 41 out of the 46 poorest districts are contaminated. Many people die or are maimed every year.

Maybe a documentary serves more purposes with leaving all of this out? For me, it’s hard to understand. Just like talking about Finland without snow or Australia without kangaroos. Of course, UXO is something someone else gave Laos, not something that comes naturally.

Or maybe I wasn’t focusing, got carried away with looking at the beautiful imagery and dreamed of fried morning glory, But I’m pretty sure they had left out the entire issue of UXO. Strange.

♥ In the meantime: The idea of yarn bombing is on my mind all the time. Maybe there are some bike racks that I could bomb, too? In addition to my own bike of course.

♦ Song of the day: Sara Lov, Square Heart

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