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January 2009 Newsletter – Laos Joins Over 90 Countries to Sign International Treaty to Ban Cluster Bombs

Posted: Jan 1, 2009

Laos joins over 90 countries to sign international treaty to ban cluster bombs, Boston College Film & Lecture Series:The Secret War in Laos and the Continuing Tragedy of Cluster Bombs, Seattle youth bringing it “Back to the Homeland”

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Reuters: “Laos still paying the price of Vietnam war”

Posted: Nov 26, 2008

Imagine growing up in a country where the equivalent of a B52 planeload of cluster bombs was dropped every eight minutes for nine years.

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September 2008 Newsletter – Lao Trip and Learning Tour

Posted: Sep 1, 2008

Highlights from Our Lao Trip and Learning Tour, Schools Not Bombs Campaign

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Anchorage Daily News: “Woman helps tell a story of Lao people”

Posted: Nov 10, 2007

Xayasana Lounmala, 23, could barely make it through “Refugee Nation,” a performance at Out North Theater that delves deep into the Lao American experience. He didn’t know what to expect, but it sure wasn’t sitting there in tears.

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Legacies of War National Premiere of Traveling Exhibit

Posted: Sep 18, 2007

Making its national premiere in Cambridge, the Legacies of War Exhibit features compelling, first-person art exhibit to tell the story of deadly cluster bombs leftover from the horrific secret U.S. bombing in Laos during the Vietnam War era, making Laos the most bomb country in history. The Exhibit will be accompanied by public and community programs in Boston/Cambridge throughout Fall 2007.

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First International Conference on Lao Studies

Posted: May 22, 2007

On May 22, 2005, the Legacies of War project participated in historic First International Conference on Lao Studies held at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. Legacies organized a powerful and moving panel discussion that featured bombing survivor Ms. Bounthanh Phommasathit and war veteran Lee Thorn, who spoke together for the first time on their experiences from the war.

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Visiting the UXO Removal Program in Laos

Posted: Mar 20, 2007

On a visit to Laos in February 2005, I went to visit the Luang Prabang office of UXO Lao, an organization run by the Lao government that administers clearance of unexploded ordnances in Laos. Prior to visiting the office, I knew about the history of the secret bombings conducted by the U.S. during the Vietnam War era. I was particularly disturbed when I learned that the country of my birth is the most heavily bombed country in the history of the world. Yet, most people are not aware of this history. I wanted to see firsthand the reality surrounding these unexploded ordnances and meet those who work daily to decontaminate the land in their working environment.

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