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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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