Deforestation in progress ~ Nam Ou near Muang Ngoi, Laos
Feb 22, 2002

Only a fraction of the land on either side of the river has been left untouched. To the victors go the spoils - the jungles have been cut down for their timber, much of which goes to China as compensation for it's aid to the winning side in the civil war in Laos - the Communist Pathet Lao. Great swaths of land have been denuded leaving only the tiny grass huts that once sheltered workers. You can see them dotting this hillside below the treeline.

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nigel & julie snow