Posted: May 22, 2007
On May 22, 2005, the Legacies of War project participated in historic First International Conference on Lao Studies held at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. Legacies organized a powerful and moving panel discussion that featured bombing survivor Ms. Bounthanh Phommasathit and war veteran Lee Thorn, who spoke together for the first time on their experiences from the war.
Posted: Mar 20, 2007
On a visit to Laos in February 2005, I went to visit the Luang Prabang office of UXO Lao, an organization run by the Lao government that administers clearance of unexploded ordnances in Laos. Prior to visiting the office, I knew about the history of the secret bombings conducted by the U.S. during the Vietnam War era. I was particularly disturbed when I learned that the country of my birth is the most heavily bombed country in the history of the world. Yet, most people are not aware of this history. I wanted to see firsthand the reality surrounding these unexploded ordnances and meet those who work daily to decontaminate the land in their working environment.