February 2014 Newsletter – Message from Board Member Titus Peachey

Posted: Feb 5, 2014

In This Issue

• Message from the Titus Peachey, Board Member

• Update on Funding

Our Calendar

The year 2014 includes important milestones:

10th anniversary of the founding of Legacies of War (2004)

20th anniversary of formal agreement to begin UXO clearance work in Laos (1994)

50th anniversary of the beginning of U.S. bombing in Laos (1964)

Support Us and

Our Mission!

Things to do this Month:

1. Volunteer at Legacies of War to help with our education programs and events. Contact us to find out how you can get involved!

2. Check out newly released book, “Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos,” by Karen Coates

Thank You to Our Recent Donors!

Linda Andersson

Kate Black

Julia Brennan

Mike Burton

Paul Castleman

John Cavanagh

Marcia Cohen

Susan Davis

Douglas Hartwick

Genus Heidary

Global Teas

Judith Hiniker

Geoffrey Hutchinson

Mayse Yang Jacobs

Shawn McHale

Cynthia Nguyen

Scott O’Gara

Titus and Linda Peachey

Art Quickenton

Jack Silberman

James Stent

Ray Wolfe

Help us to achieve our ambitious 2014 goals & consider supporting Legacies of War.

Thank you /
Kop chai / Ua koj tsaug


(Photo Top L- Bottom R):  Titus Peachey, MCC worker, with Mr. Yong Yia (blue shirt), Governor of Xieng Khouang Province, and other officials (1982), with Mr. Bua La, National Cluster Bomb Project Director and cluster bombs on cattle grazing land in Xieng Khoang Province (1994), at the First Meeting of States Parties in Vientiane (2010), and speaking at James Madison University at the Voices from Laos Speakers Tour (2013),

Dear Friends of Legacies of War:

Twenty years ago (1994), I was a Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) worker in Laos on a special assignment: work with the Lao Government and the Mines Advisory Group to implement a newly-signed agreement to begin a humanitarian demining program in Laos. Coming after years of failed efforts to find an effective solution to the problem of unexploded ordnance (UXO), it was a real joy to watch newly-trained Lao deminers begin work. As the first bombs were destroyed, decades of frustration and tragedy slowly gave way to fragile signs of hope.

Now, as a member of the Legacies of War Board, I am amazed by the dramatically reduced casualty rates, and a UXO sector that employs over 3,500 trained deminers, community educators and administrators.

Your strong support, coupled with the tireless advocacy efforts of Legacies’ board, staff, interns and volunteers, has helped make all this possible. We are truly grateful for your generosity!

We begin 2014 with some very good news. The budget bill just passed by Congress contains a record $12 million for unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance and victim assistance in Laos…the highest U.S. yearly total ever!

As we take stock at this 20 year milestone, we realize that there is still much work to do. Only a small fraction of the UXO has been destroyed, danger still lurks in many Lao villages, and many survivors of accidents will need assistance for the rest of their lives.

So our 2014 goals (see below) promise a year ahead filled with education, advocacy and opportunity. Please consider a donation today to get our year off to a strong start!

Titus Peachey

Legacies Board Member

Mennonite Central Committee Coordinator for Peace Education

Funding Update

U.S. Congressional Allocation for UXO Clearance in Laos Reaches Historic High

Legacies of War successfully advocates for $12 million in 2014

Legacies of War today announced that the U.S. will be spending $12 million in fiscal year 2014 for unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance, victim assistance and risk education in Laos. The amount represents the largest annual spending by the U.S. to support various groups in Laos.

“The tragic legacy of cluster munitions in Laos is one that all Americans should care about. I hope the additional funds in fiscal year 2014 will become part of a multi-year program to finally overcome this cruel history and enable the Laotian people to rebuild their lives,” said Senator Patrick Leahy.

Read the full press releaseHere

Photo: Channapha Khamvongsa of Legacies of War thanks Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds UXO clearance programs around the world, for his ongoing support to clear bombs and support victims in Laos.

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