National Rehabilitation Center Vientiane Laos
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The National Rehabilitation Center in Vientiane, Laos. Currently, the Lao Prathet government estimates roughly 400 people become new victims of UXO (un-exploded ordnance) each year in Laos, although outside estimates run much higher. Many of the new victims are children under age ten, who are accidentally injured while tending to farm animals or performing other chores in rural Laos. The center is completely funded by foreign donations, receiving no money from the Lao Prathet communist government. Many of the centers residents suffer from genetic birth defects, a result of having their crops chemically poisoned by Lao Prathet during the Lao Civil War.