We visited the vocational program for the Blind, the Unexploded Ordnance project, the Mine Action Center, witnessed the removal of a cluster bomb discovered in a field behind a home, the outreach program that provides prosthetic devices for unexploded ordinance amputees and the Mushroom Growing Project which develops small business opportunities for victims. Each website section links to an accompanying video. Be advised that the unexploded ordinance video contains some very grim scenes. In one section, a medical crew rushes to the scene to provide immediate help. A Norwegian medical crew doing vaccination work was, coincidentally in the area at the time of the explosion. In the Mushroom Project video, there is a reference to a $5 million income. The amount is in Vietnamese money which is equivalent to about $500 in US money.
Tomorrow, we journey to
- Tour DMZ-17th Parallel and the Vinh Moch Tunnels.
- Visit the Truong Son National Cemetery
- Travel on to Khe Sanh, the site of the historic Battle of Khe Sanh (January 21 1968-July 1968.).. ..
- Drive the Ho Chi Minh Trail Highway to A Luoi.
Wikipedia: A Lưới is a rural district of Thừa Thiên-Huế Province in the North Central Coast region of Vietnam. It is located west in the highly mountainous area of A Shau Valley bordering Laos. The population includes many Bru, Hoa and Tà Ôi people. As of 2003 the district had a population of 38,616. The district covers an area of 1,229 km² and its capital lies at A Lưới, a former French airfield, later usd by the Americans in Operation Delaware and then by the NorthVietnamese for courier flights. Many areas and mountains in the A Luoi region became historical in the mid-late 1960s during the Vietnam War, such the Battle of A Shau, the 5th Special Forces Camp that was overrun in 1966, as well as the 4,878-foot Dong Re Lao Mountain best known as the “Signal Hill” that was seized by 1st Cavalry DivisionLRRP / Rangers in 1968 during Operation Delaware. Also, A Bia Mountain, known as the Hamburger Hill that was seized by members of the 101st Airborne Division. A Lưới is connected to the former French colonial capital and coastal city Huế, one of the main historical cities in central Vietnam by National Road 49, a road notorious for poor safety because of the mountainous terrain and poor road surface.
April 2, 2014