My name is Thoummy. I am a cluster munition survivor. I am from Xiengkouang province, which is around 10 hours north of Vientiane by bus.

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Nov 11 2010

Among the many benefits of attending the Convention on Cluster Munitions, is the opportunity to reconnect with individuals we met on Legacies first trip to Laos in 2008.

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Nov 11 2010

I awoke for the third and final time during the night at 5 a.m. Unable to sleep due to my jetlag as well as my frantic fits of itching the mosquito bites on my legs which have swollen over the past day, I decided to abandon my bed altogether and start the day early.

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German Assistance to UXO Sector in Laos

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Nov 10 2010

We’ve just heard from the German representative to the Convention about its assistance to the UXO sector in Laos. In 2010, Germany spent a total of just over 1 million euros. 743,000 euros were granted to SODI, a German NGO operating in Bolikhamxay Province in cooperation with UXO Lao. Another 250,000 euros were granted to the UNDP-administered Trust Fund. And an additional 50,000 euros were spent on a sponsorship program to allow Laos to send representatives to Convention-related events.

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French Support for UXO in Laos

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Nov 10 2010

We’ve just heard a presentation from the French government on its support for the UXO sector in Laos. A relatively recent entrant into the UXO sector in Laos, so far France has spent a total of only 337,000 euros. 55,000 euros have been granted to COPE, while the rest has been granted to Handicap International for its work in Savannakhet Province.

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Last month the Lao government proposed a new Millennium Development goal specifically on the reduction of the impact of UXO in Laos: MDG 9.

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The Tapestry of Hope: Weaving Together a Bomb-Free Future was woven together in all its glory for the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

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Join Legacies of War and Handicap International for an official launch of the reprint of Voices from the Plain of Jars by Fred Branfman.

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Over the past few days, I traveled with other members of Legacies of War through Savannakhet Province in central Laos to the town of Sepone and the surrounding region.

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Brett Dakin, author of Another Quiet American and board chair of Legacies of War, will have a reading and book signing at Monument Books in Vientiane.

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