October 2015 Newsletter

Posted: Oct 14, 2015


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Events

October 15, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)

DC Sip & Save Lives Social

Join Legacies of War and friends for our Autumn Happy Hour. This event will include a student speaker from Laos and a spotlight on demining with MAG and HALO Trust. There will also be a Lao’d Quiz for great prizes!

December 5, 2015

(New York City)

Save the Date for “Laos in NYC: Fashion for Philanthropy

See flyer below – more details soon

Speaking Engagments

October 16, 2015

(Washington, DC)

Violent Skies Symposium  

“Left Behind: The Air War Never Ended,” panel with Stan Brown, U.S. Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (WRA), Charles Stonecipher, former State Dept, Channapha Khamvongsa, Legacies of War, and Lt. Col Todd Kelly, Dept of Defense.

Oct 17, 2015

(New York, NY)

Humanitarian Disarmament Campaigns Forum 

Refugees and disarmament panel about current crisis in Syria and Palestine and long-term lessons in Laos

 

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Support Our Mission

Join us in our commitment to making Lao land safe by sending in a gift of your support.

Every dollar you give will ensure that we get a step closer to solving this problem. Together, we can do it!

Make a donation and dedicate your gift by honoring a family, friend, or survivors.

Dear Legacies of War Supporters,

My family moved to America from Laos when I was 2 years old. Laos still holds a special place in my heart since my extended family still lives there, I still follow the Lao culture and traditions, I speak Lao (although not that well) and I consider myself a Lao-American.

Growing up, I vaguely remember hearing about Laos being bombed by the U.S. during the Vietnam War from family. I tried to research more about it but could not find much. This event was not covered in grade school and not many colleges’ curriculum covered the bombings in Laos. The relatively unknown bombing campaign in Laos from 1964 to 1973 has been called the “Secret War” since the U.S. did not publicly acknowledge waging it.

A little over 3 years ago, I attended a Legacies of War event and was blown away upon learning that Laos is the most heavily bombed country per capita in history and that an estimated 80 million unexploded bomblets and other unexploded ordnance (UXO) still remain on Lao soil. This vestige of the war has resulted in the continued maiming and killing of Lao people to this day, over 40 years since the bombing stopped.

After volunteering for a short period of time, I joined Legacies of War’s Board. It has been an honor to work with the Board, staff, interns, volunteers and supporters for a truly worthy and solvable cause.


I was reminded by some Lao nationals, who I met with earlier this year in Washington, DC, that UXOs create environmental and economic hardships for the people of Laos. UXOs makes it difficult for villagers to earn a living and feed their families because the bombs liter the land and could detonate when villagers farm the land. This has been the case for over 20,000 victims of UXO explosions since the end of the bombing in 1973. The newest victim might not even be born yet. But we can solve this problem so another generation doesn’t have to bare this burden.

Your concern and support will give Legacies the charge to continue raising awareness about the UXO issue, inspire our leaders to provide support to the UXO sector in Laos and create a greater hope for a future of peace and prosperity.

The UXO issue is not a political issue but rather a humanitarian one. More UXO being cleared means more lives being saved. And that is a mission worth being involved in!

Please consider making a donation today. Your contribution and support can lead to life-saving programs being funded and bombs being cleared.

Sincerely,

Kane Vongsavanh

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Cluster Munition Monitor Report Released on

Fifth Anniversary of Convention

The annual Landmine and Cluster Muniton Monitor was released in September, highlighting global developments in ban policy, survey and clearance of cluster munition remnants, casualties and victim assistance. To mark the First Review Conference of the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions, the report reviews developments since the convention entered into force on 1 August 2010. It also looks at activities in 2014 and the first half of 2015. You can find the Lao Country Report here.


 November will mark the 5th anniversary since the First Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions

was held in Vientiane, Laos in 2010

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Book release of “Stepping Into a Minefield,” by Ian Mansfield, who dedicated 20 years to mine clearance worldwide, including Laos


Legacies of War’s new board member, Roger Nakazawa (right), joined fellow board member Dr. Ken Rutherford and executive director, Channapha Khamvongsa, for the book release and reception hosted by Ambassador Martin Dahinden at the Swiss Residence

Ian Mansfield, center, with current and former staff at the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement, which oversees U.S. demining efforts worldwide

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Save the Date: DEC 5, 2015

More information soon at www.legaciesofwar.org

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