President Barack Obama visits a centre in Laos that helps victims of bombs the U.S. dropped during the Vietnam War. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama visited a centre in Laos on Wednesday (September 7) that works with victims of U.S. explosives left from the Vietnam War era. The centre provides them with prosthetic limbs and takes part in unexploded ordnance clearing efforts. Obama, the first sitting U.S. president to visit Laos, toured the exhibition of prosthetic legs and arms and talked to people involved in clearing the explosives in the Laos countryside. The United States waged a "secret war" while fighting in Vietnam, dropping an estimated two million tonnes of bombs on the country. About 30 percent of the ordnance failed to explode, leaving a dangerous and costly legacy. The United States announced on Tuesday it would provide an additional $90 million over the next three years to help Laos clear unexploded ordnance that have killed or injured more than 20,000 people since the war in the 1970s. Obama arrived in Laos after attending the G20 summit in the Chinese city of Hangzhou and is due to attend an annual international gathering in the Southeast Asian region. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia Summit meetings mark Obama's last expected trip to Asia as president.