Walt Haney Papers

Photo: Walt Haney

Walt Haney has been gathering photos and accounts of Laotian refugees for the past 40 years. His work includes A Survey of Civilian War Casualties Among Refugees from the Plain of Jars, which was reprinted in the records of the 1971 Senate Hearings before the Subcommittee to Investigate Problems Connected with Refugees and Escapees, and The Bombing of Laos and the Browning of One Volunteer, a paper presented at the 15th Annual Meeting Association of Third World Studies in 1997. For the past two years, he has traveled to universities and libraries with his talk, "The Bombing of Laos and the Continuing Tragedy of Cluster Bombs." If you would like to schedule his next talk at your school or library, please contact him at haney@bc.edu.

Survey of Civilian War Casualties

Haney, W. (1971). A Survey of Civilian War Casualties Among Refugees from the Plain of Jars. Included in the transcript of the 1971 Senate Hearing before the Subcommittee to Investigate Problems Connected with Refugees and Escapees. United States Senate July 22, 1971. Washington, D.C.: USGPO, 1971, pp. 65-106. Reprinted in part in F. Branfman, (1972) Voices from the Plain of Jars: Life under an air war New York: Harper Colophon, pp. 136-160. This document is the report Haney prepared based on interviews with Laotian refugees. The original report on which these documents are based was typewritten and contained a map and photographs of all of the refugees Haney interviewed. The map and photographs were not reproduced in the version of the report printed in the Senate hearing report. However, several dozen of the original photographs and reproductions of posters Haney used in giving antiwar talks in the early 1970s are included below.

Survey of Civilian Fatalities

A Survey of Civilian Fatalities Among Refugees from Zieng Khouang Province, Laos. Included in the Hearing before the Subcommittee to Investigate Problems Connected with Refugees and Escapees. United States Senate May 9, 1972. Washington, D.C.: USGPO, 1972, pp. 53-66. This file is a reproduction of a report recounting a survey of fatalities among refugees from the Plain of Jars. As explained in the report, names of people who helped in this survey could not be revealed in order to protect their safety.

Pentagon Papers

Haney, W. (1972). The Pentagon Papers and the United States Involvement in Laos. In N. Chomsky and H. Zinn (Eds.) The Gravel Edition, The Pentagon Papers, Vol. V: Critical Essays. Boston: Beacon Press, 1972, pp. 248-293. Haney's chapter in the Chomsky and Zinn volume 5 of the Beacon Press version of the Pentagon Papers.

The Bombing of Laos

The Bombing of Laos and the Browning of One Volunteer (Haney, W., 1997). Paper presented at the 15th Annual Meeting Association of Third World Studies, Central Connecticut State University, Hartford, Connecticut, October 9-11, 1997. This unpublished paper represents Haney's reflections on the bombing of Laos some 30 years after he last left Laos. It contains references to other accounts of what happened in Laos and links to other relatively recent accounts of the continuing “deadly harvest” of the bombing of Laos.