February 2012 Newsletter – Senator, Ambassador Hail Historic Funding Increase to Laos for Bomb Removal

Posted: Mar 1, 2012

February 2012 Newsletter
Legacies of War was created to raise awareness about the history of the Vietnam War-era bombing in Laos, to provide space for healing the wounds of war, and to create greater hope for a future of peace.  
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None of the $9M we advocated for goes to Legacies of War. Every dollar goes to the people working in Laos to create a safer future. We count on the generous support of our donors.

Our Washington-based advocacy continues! After successfully advocating for the largest increase in history for UXO removal in Laos, Legacies is already looking toward fiscal year 2013. We will be meeting with key allies in Congress over the next month to build on the momentum from this year’s funding increase and push for $10 million next year.  Join us to advocate for continued U.S. funding to Laos so more land can be cleared, lives can be saved, and the people of Laos will have a more peaceful future. 
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School Girls in XK
Jumping for Joy Over More Help for a Safer Future in Laos.
    Photo Credit : Stuart Westmoreland


Senator, Ambassador Hail Historic Funding Increase to Laos for Bomb Removal

Successful advocacy efforts result in increased funds to address the legacy of unexploded bombs in Laos


Washington, DC – Legacies of War applauds Congress for appropriating $9 million for the clearance of UXO in Laos during FY12. According to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chairman of the Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations who included the additional funding, “Congress recognizes that we have a responsibility to help clear UXO in areas where such ordnance was caused by the U.S., and Laos is a tragic example where U.S. cluster munitions continue to maim and kill civilians.” The $9 million represents a tripling of the UXO budget for Laos since 2006 and the largest amount ever allocated, marking significant progress toward ending the deadly threat of unexploded bombs that the citizens of Laos face every day in their own soil. [more]


Children die trying to stay warm in Savannakhet Province 

Photo Credit: Stuart Westmoreland
January was another deadly month for Lao villagers on UXO-contaminated land. Six children and one woman went to their backyard in Savannakhet Province on January 28 to build a fire to warm themselves against the evening chill. They did not know there was a bomb lodged in the earth under the fire. The heat from the fire detonated the bomb, killing four of the children (ages 3, 10, 10, and 12). The two surviving children and the woman suffered burns on their legs. They are getting some support from local groups and authorities, but funding for victim assistance remains inadequate in Laos. Stay tuned on how you can help!


Legacies welcomes new board member and staff! 

Michael Caudell Feagan joined the Legacies team as the newest member of the Board of Directors. Michael manages the Pew Center on the States’ policy initiatives and advocacy campaigns. Prior to joining Pew, he provided management and consulting services to private and family foundations such as the Ford Foundation, JEHT Foundation, Knight Foundation, Open Society Institute, Proteus Fund, Solidago Foundation and Stern Family Fund. He was the founder and executive director of Equal Justice Works and holds a law degree from George Washington University’s National Law Center and a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College. Before joining the Board, Michael was an informal advisor to Legacies of War. 

Mari Quenemoen joined as a Program Consultant, working primarily on Legacies’ advocacy and research activities. Mari holds a Master’s degree in cultural anthropology with a concentration in humanitarianism and gender, and visited Laos twice while studying in southwestern China. She has been volunteering with Legacies since April, 2011. 

Alex Hiniker joined Legacies as a Social Media and Communications Consultant. Alex has been working on humanitarian disarmament issues in post-conflict countries since 2007, when she moved to Cambodia to work for the United Nations Development Programme’s mine action project. She earned her MA in Central and Eastern European Studies with a focus on Rule of Law at Uniwersytet Jagiellonski in Krakow, Poland. She served as the representative for the Cluster Munition Coalition in Laos and Lebanon.


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