Remnants of War is a documentary on the issue’s surrounding landmine and cluster munitions in South East Asia. The documentary covers not just how the problem began, but how it has and continues to effect people in South East Asia and what Non-Government Organisations (NGO’S) are doing to fix the problem. It takes a holistic approach and looks not just explosive remnants of war clearance on land and in river systems, but the medical aftercare/rehabilitation for victims, risk education for adults/children, community development programs, employment/business programs for victims and their families. It also shows that whilst victims have suffered much, that through these projects many victims have also triumphed. The documentary also show cases how old explosives are recycled and then used to destroy other landmines and cluster munitions (recycling at its best).

Throughout South East Asia, people are dying or being injured on a daily basis as a result of unexploded ordinance (UXO) and landmines left over from years of war. In Cambodia the conflict ended in the early 1990’s, in Vietnam and Laos it ended over 40 years ago, yet people still suffer from the lasting effects of these dormant killers. A major concern is the fact that a significant percentage of the victims of UXO/Landmines are children, the vast majority who were born long after the conflict ended.

Through this documentary we aim to bring a continuing awareness of this situation with a specific focus on Humanitarian UXO/Mine Action work being done in these regions by a selection of key NGO’s. We look into the circumstances of some of the victims, whilst highlighting the tasks and programs of  these varied NGO’s involved in humanitarian UXO/Mine Action in the regions.

UXO/Mine Action is the absolute pre-condition for the socio-economic development of these countries as agriculture is the main staple for the majority of people living there. Whereas commercial or military mine action might be based on other agenda’s, humanitarian mine action is about identifying areas of human need that aren’t politically, racially or religiously motivated; returning land and providing support to people who might otherwise not be a priority. The documentary envisages that all profits from this film will go directly to the NGO’S involved to further their good work and support those being effected.
 
To put things into perspective, some figures:
-      Between 1964 and 1973 US bombing data shows, that the US dropped a combined estimate of 11 million tons (11 billion kg) of bombs on Vietnam/Cambodia and Laos PDR. The failure (dud) rate of these bombs detonating is estimated between 10 and 30%. So conservatively 1.1 million to 3.3 million tons of bombs did not explode. This of course doesn’t take into account the bombs/artillery/motors/RPG’S and other military ordinance that the Viet Cong, North Vietnamese Army, Khmer Rouge, Royal Cambodian Army and others also used that failed and that wasn’t recorded on any bombing statistical data. These figures also do not take into account the vast numbers of landmines laid in those countries by all sides. 
To put things into perspective,
-       Since 1975 there has been a total of 105,902 ERW casualties in Vietnam.
-       Since 1979 there has been a total of 64,017 ERW casualties in Cambodia.
-       Since 1979 there has been a total of 50,136 ERW casualties in Laos PDR.