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IRIN: LAOS: UXO casualties down but challenges remain

Posted: Jul 7, 2011

VIENTIANE, 6 July 2011 (IRIN) – The number of people involved in unexploded ordnance (UXO) accidents in Laos, the world’s most cluster-bombed country, has dropped from an average of 300 a year to 117 in the past two years, according to government statistics. However, the National Regulatory Authority for UXO/Mine Action (NRA) estimates more than […]

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Cluster Munition Coalition: Landmark conference on convention ends with hope for future progress

Posted: Jul 7, 2011

(Geneva, 1 July 2011) Grenada became the first country to accede to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, a highlight of an unprecedented four-day diplomatic meeting on the treaty. “The first accession to the Convention is an important milestone, and is all the more significant given that Grenada is one of the countries where cluster bombs […]

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Cluster Munition Coalition: “Countries urged to commit to a world free of cluster bombs at landmark meeting on Convention on Cluster Munitions”

Posted: Jun 28, 2011

Cluster Munition Coalition press release at the the start of meeting on progress of Convention on Cluster Munitions. Calls for countries to commit to a world free of cluster bombs and for signatory countries to develop concrete plans to meet its treaty obligations for clearance, destruction of stockpiles, support of victims assistance and to encourage all countries to join the Convention.

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National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival, Los Angeles

Event Date: Jun 22, 2011

Legacies of War will present Refugee Nation, from LA to Laos: A Diasporic, Transnational Project at the 3rd National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival in Los Angeles, June 16-26. Click here for more information.

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Minnesota Reception & Fundraiser with Mines Advisory Group (MAG)

Event Date: Jun 15, 2011

Come and join the first joint U.S. event by Legacies of War and MAG. Learn about the groups’ efforts to clear bombs and make land safer for the people of Laos and around the world. This exciting event will include a talk by Channapha Khamvongsa about her recent trip to Laos, followed by delicious food, […]

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Asian American Press: “Lao arts UXO removal fundraiser”

Posted: Jun 7, 2011

This April marks 35 years since the formal end of the war for Laos and much of Southeast Asia. Nearly four decades later, we’ve seen many attempts to streamline and simplify the story of how we got to this point as a community and why we fought. And there were many voices in our story. We have some names, but many more we will never know. There were Lao and Americans, Hmong, Khmu, Tai Dam, Thai, and Iu Mien just to name a few who were caught up in the geopolitical struggles of the 20th century. Only recently are we beginning to grasp the complexity of that war and the lingering ghosts we must still confront.

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The Nation: “Helping the healing process in munitions-strewn Laos”

Posted: Jun 7, 2011

Channapha Khamvongsa was just a small girl when her parents smuggled her out of Laos. Members of her family crossed the Mekong secretly in 1979, fleeing the new communist regime. She was seven years old and the last of three children to leave. She said her father whispered instructions before giving her to a family friend: “This man is going to take you to mum. If anyone asks, tell them he’s your father.”

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Refugee Nation in Pacific Northwest

Event Dates: May 19, 2011 - Jun 5, 2011

Legacies of War with Lao Heritage Foundation Seattle Chapter and Pat Graney Dance Company presents Refugee Nation in Seattle, May 19-21 at the Ethnic Cultural Theater, University of Washington. Buy your tickets here! Refugee Nation will also be performing in Portland, June 3-5 at Ethos at IFCC. Buy your tickets here.

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