Clearing Bombs, Protecting Lives
Voices from Laos Speakers Tour, April 2013
Legacies of War is very excited to announce “Voices from Laos: Clearing Bombs, Protecting Lives,” a groundbreaking, national speakers tour across the United States.
The tour will create a space for dialogue on how individuals and communities are affected by Vietnam War-era unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Laos, how the problem is being addressed in the country, and ways in which people in the U.S. can help to clear Laos of bombs, support survivors of accidents, and help to create a safer future for the people of Laos.
The speakers tour aims to educate audiences about the dangers of UXO in Laos, mobilize positive action, and show how war and conflict can haunt innocent civilians decades later. The tour will also present an opportunity for healing and hope. By mobilizing communities, Legacies of War will build a movement to stop the senseless deaths and injuries caused by UXO and build a bright future for the children of Laos.
Watch introductions to our speakers, below:
KARE TV of Minneapolis covered the Voices from Laos tour last night!
From the story:
By all accounts Loddy Tolzmann is a Minnesotan. But ask her where home is and she won’t hesitate to say Laos.
In 1980 her family resettled in Minnesota to escape the aftermath of the Vietnam War.
Minnesota Senators Al Franken & Amy Klobuchar spoke eloquently to the importance of the work of Legacies of War and the Voices from Laos Tour in a pre-recorded endorsement posted on YouTube today. the Senators’ videos of support can be seen in full below.
The Voices from Laos team discussed the legacy of war before more than one hundred supporters on Monday night during the Tour’s visit to Merced, California.
The Merced Sun Star covered the event and published an article highlighting the evening.
Speaker Manixia Thor, 25, leads an all-female team that searches out and removes the individual cluster bombs.
Cheryl Jennings of San Franciso’s ABC 7, caught up with the Voices of Laos: Clearing Bombs, Protecting Lives team on Tuesday during the event at Stanford University. You can read the full story and view the video by clicking this link: ABC 7
Mike Francis of Portland newspaper, The Oregonian, spoke with the Voices from Laos: Clearing Bombs, Protecting Lives team on Monday. The article outlines the mission of the Tour as well as the impact of conflict upon the people of Laos.
Thoummey Silamphan is on his first trip to the United States for the “Voices from Laos” tour.