The Demilitarized Zone

Mortar shells and a grenade remain in the former Demilitarized Zone between North and South Vietnam. Land mines left from the war have continued to injure and maim residents since the war ended in 1975. (Learn more)

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The Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, was established when Vietnam was divided in 1954 into North and South. The DMZ was roughly a mile wide and more than 100 km (60 miles) long, from the western border with Laos to the ocean. The division of Vietnam along the 17th parallel was supposed to be temporary, and the DMZ was intended as a buffer zone between the two regions.

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Demilitarized Zone n.
Buffer zone between North and South Vietnam created by the 1954 Geneva agreements that temporarily divided the country.
parallel n.
Line of latitude. The 17th parallel is the line of latitude at 17 degrees north or south.

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