Media Advisory: Legacies of War Celebrates New Hope for a Bomb-Free Laos

Posted: Jun 12, 2012


MEDIA ADVISORY
Legacies of War Celebrates New Hope for a Bomb-Free Laos

WHAT: Legacies of War will hold a reception on June 18th to celebrate its recent successes, above all the recent U.S. Senate appropriations report language allocating a record $10 million for unexploded ordnance (UXO) programs in Laos in 2013. “I am extremely gratified to see the U.S. government deepening its commitment to clean up the millions of Vietnam War-era bombs left behind in Laos,” stated Brett Dakin, Chair of Legacies of War. “This important milestone gives me hope that the U.S. will provide sustained funding over the next decade to clear priority land for development and allow the people of Laos to finally live in safety.”

Honorary Committee:
The Honorable Judy M. Chu (U.S. Representative from California)

The Honorable Eni F. H. Faleomavaega (U.S Representative from American Samoa)

The Honorable Douglas Hartwick (speaker) (U.S. Ambassador to Laos 2001-04)

The Honorable Mike M. Honda (speaker) (U.S. Representative from California)

The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy (U.S. Senator from Vermont)

The Honorable Barbara J. Lee (U.S. Representative from California)

The Honorable Betty L. McCollum (U.S. Representative from Minnesota)

WHEN: Monday, June 18th, 5:30pm – 8:00pm

WHERE: Stewart R. Mott House, 122 Maryland Ave. NE, Washington, DC

WHY: Laos has the tragic distinction of being the most heavily bombed country in the world, per capita. From 1964 to 1973 the U.S. dropped over two million tons of ordnance on Laos, the equivalent of a bombing mission every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine years. At least one third of the land across all 17 provinces of Laos remains littered with cluster submunitions and other deadly UXO dropped over 40 years ago. In a country where 80% of the population lives in rural areas, the threat of UXO makes hundreds of thousands of hectares unavailable for farming or development. Legacies of War is devoted to raising awareness of the history of the bombing of Laos, advocating for increased resources to address UXO, and healing the wounds of war.

HOW: For interviews or additional information please contact Channapha Khamvongsa, Executive Director, 703-868-0030, channapha@legaciesofwar.org.


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