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Radio Free Asia: “Making Laos Safer”

Posted: Apr 24, 2010

The United States is spending millions of dollars to clean up unexploded ordnance it dropped on Laos during a secret bombing campaign during the Vietnam War, a senior U.S. official says, but legislators and advocates want it to do even more.

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Twin Cities Daily Planet: “OPINION | The USA & UXO: Our legacies, ourselves”

Posted: Apr 22, 2010

Growing up in the Midwest, I always heard “You break it, you bought it.”

Thirty-five years after the secret war for Laos, when America was the proverbial bull in the china shop, we’ve still got a lot of pieces to pick up. Technically, 78 million dangerous pieces called UXO, a catchy shorthand term for unexploded ordnance.

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Asian American Press: “Our Legacies, Our Future”

Posted: Apr 22, 2010

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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Legacies of War to appear at US Congressional Hearing on UXO in Laos

Posted: Apr 20, 2010

Legacies of War will be appearing before Congress to discuss the issue of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) in Laos and U.S. funding for their removal. The hearing will be held before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment, chaired by Rep. Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa).

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Legacies of War: Unexploded Ordnance in Laos

Posted: Apr 19, 2010

Legacies of War will testify at the House of Representatives hearing, “Legacies of War: Unexploded Ordnance in Laos,” led by the leadership of Representative Eni F.H. Faleomavaega (D-AS), Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment (Committee on Foreign Affairs). The hearing comes exactly 39 years ago when a Senate hearing, chaired by the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, helped to expose the U.S. secret bombing of Laos and shed light on the destruction and displacement of hundreds of thousands of Lao refugees. Today’s House of Representative hearing is the first in 40 years to look at the current devastation caused by these deadly unexploded bombs.

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40 years after US secret bombing exposed, US Congressional hearing looks at leftover unexploded bombs

Posted: Apr 17, 2010

40 years after U.S. secret bombing exposed, U.S. Congressional hearing looks at leftover unexploded bombs. The House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment, chaired by Rep. Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa), will examine the issue of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) in Laos and U.S. funding for their removal.

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Sacramento Bee: “Viewpoints: U.S. must clean up leftover bombs in Laos”

Posted: Mar 21, 2010

I received an e-mail a few weeks ago from a colleague in Laos regarding yet another deadly accident. On Feb. 22 a cluster bomb that the U.S. dropped on Laos more than four decades ago killed five children and severely injured another. The children, ages 10 to 14, were feeding their water buffalo in a rice field when they found the bomb. They were the latest victims among the more than 300 new casualties that occur every year – one-third of them children, according to Lao government figures.

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Cluster Munition Coalition: “Lao PDR: Five children killed in cluster bomb blast”

Posted: Mar 11, 2010

Five children were killed and one injured when a cluster submunition exploded in a village in Lao PDR’s Champasak province on 22 February 2010. The incident highlights the need for urgent action to assist survivors and ensure the clearance of cluster munition remnants when states parties to the treaty banning cluster bombs gather for their first official meeting in the Lao capital, Vientiane, this November, the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) said today.

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