A shining smile in Sapa, Vietnam
A shining smile in Sapa, Vietnam

A Shining Smile, Sapa, Vietnam

The shining smile of a woman who just tried to sell me a girlfriend for a half hour. I bought a small bag instead.

Entirely unrelated:

VN Express reported today that “most” rural enclaves in Vietnam still sit on unexploded bombs and landmines four decades after the American War –in the US of course referred to as The Vietnam War– ended.

As many as 82 percent of rural districts and towns across the country face this problem, Colonel Nguyen Van Xuong told a conference in Hanoi on Thursday, where officials and experts discussed measures to clear post-war unexploded ordnance.

Xuong said the national map, a project of the military’s Technology Center for Bomb and Mine Disposal, can visually reveal where the remnants of war are.

The center has surveyed the country’s almost entire landmass and found that more than 9,000 out of 11,000 rural communities still have unexploded ordinance. In acreage terms, the contaminated areas total 6.1 million hectares.

These include towns and districts in the central provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue, where the most intensive battles took place during the Vietnam War.


Deputy Minister of the Vietnam People’s Army Colonel General Nguyen Chi Vinh said scattered throughout the country, landmines and explosive remnants of war have claimed the lives of more than 50,000 people and injured 60,000 others, adding that most of the victims are either main income earners or children.

Here’s another example of how wars never really end.


Today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 1,022nd straight, was snapped in Sapa, Vietnam on 21 October, 2010, six years ago today.



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