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Peace Bomb Bangles - Half Hitch Goods


In the Naphia Village in Laos the Mine Advisory Group combs farmland and collects metal shrapnel from the 250 million bombs that were dropped on Laos by the U.S. during the Vietnam War. It is a dangerous land because 1 in 3 bombs that were dropped did not detonate and are still land mines today. Since 80% of Laotians are subsistence farmers (eating what they harvest) the danger of the undetonated bomb litter presents a food security issue and a barrier to economic development.

A resourceful villager figured out how to salvage the bomb metal to craft aluminum spoons by melting the metal in an earthen kiln and then cast the molten metal in hand sculpted molds of wood and ash. He taught the same technique to 10 other families. Article 22 has recently been working in conjunction with the village artisans to develop designs such as these bangles that could be sold on the international market in order to further develop the community. For making these bracelets farmers and artisans are paid 4X their local market rate.
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