In the back of the Lao Textiles on Setthathirath Road, (an old French colonial mansion that has been transformed into a weaving haven), over a dozen women sit at the loom, weaving intricate patterns from threads of pure silk.

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Car X with UXO Lao Savannakhet

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Nov 12 2010

In the past few days Elaine, Linda and Pon and I had quite a journey. Car X includes the Legacies of War team that independently ventured on our own in Savannakhet, Laos lead by UXO Lao.

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Meditation Lesson

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Nov 12 2010

We walked into the Sokpaluang Temple and right away I noticed a group of schoolchildren, about six or seven years old, who were there to learn the meditation practice as well. I engaged in a ten-minute non-verbal conversation with them, involving quite a bit of smiling, pointing and eventually photo-taking. The children scampered off for […]

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Nov 12 2010

So how does the First Meeting of the State Parties (1MSP) to the Convention of Cluster Munitions actually work? Who is attending and what are they doing?

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A cluster bomblet explosion reportedly killed one young girl and injured her sister on Wednesday, 10 November in Lao PDR.

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Draft Vientiane Action Plan

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Nov 11 2010

The States Parties to the Convention will agree to the Vientiane Action Plan before the end of the week. In the Plan the Parties will agree to “turn our vision into action,” translating legal obligations into concrete actions.

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Nov 11 2010

While it is not attending the 1MSP in Vientiane, the U.S. this week released a fact sheet emphasizing its place as “the largest donor to humanitarian clearance operations in Laos.”

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Traditional Lao Song Performance

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Nov 11 2010

At the launch of NRA’s Vision into Action plan, we were privileged to see a performance of a traditional Lao “mor lam” song accompanied by the national Lao instrument, the khene, a multi-pipe mouth organ.

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Vision into Action

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Nov 11 2010

We just attended the National Regulatory Authority’s (NRA) presentation of its case for increased support for the UXO sector in Laos from the international donor community: Vision into Action.

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Nov 11 2010

I’m sitting in the media room working on uploading information to the blog and facebook. Just having arrived today from my stay in Savannakhet I am amazed the grandness of this event. There are over 400 people attending this conference from over 116 nations.

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