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Catastrophic Effect of Cluster Bombs Munitions

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This week as part of Chicago Matters: Growing Forward,Worldview is exploring The World’s Waste. Militaries can leave particularly nasty forms of waste. Later this week, we'll hear about efforts to clean up toxins at former U.S. military bases in the Philippines. Today we'll focus on efforts to stop using a weapon that leaves a particularly deadly form of trash. Cluster bombs are shells that can contain up to a couple thousand bomblets know as submunitions. If they don't blow up on contact, they still might blow up even decades later when civilians encounter them.

The Convention on Cluster Munitions is an international treaty that prohibits the use of cluster bombs, a type of weapon which scatters submunitions "bomblets" over an area. The convention was formally endorsed on 30 May 2008 in Ireland and is due to be signed in Oslo in December.

Lora Lumpe is Coordinator of the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Bombs.  She is organizing the Cluster Bombs Survivors Tour in the Midwest.

Raed Mokaled lost his son, Ahmad, in a cluster munitions accident in 1999 in Lebanon when he and his wife took their two young sons to a public park to celebrate Ahmad's fifth birthday.

Lynn Bradach is a native of Portland , Oregon . She lost her son Travis, a U.S. Marine, to a U.S. cluster submunition while he was serving in Iraq in 2003.

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