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KARE TV: ‘Voices from Laos’ comes to the Twin Cities

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Thoummy Silamphan is interviewed by Boua Xiong of KARE TV of MInneapolis.

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. Tolzmann was just a year old. Now 33 years old she’s become a leader of change for her homeland.

“What we don’t realize is the mess that’s left from the remnants of conflict and that’s what we’re trying to do is raise awareness,” she said.

Helping her do that is Legacies of War, a non-profit, dedicated to raising awareness of unexploded bombs that cover 30 percent of Laos. The group is hosting a national tour of Voices from Laos: Clearing Bombs, Protecting lives. The goal is to share stories from survivors like Toummy Silamphan. He was just 8 years old when he was scavenging for food; instead he found a bomb and lost his left hand.

See the interview on the KARE website, here.

Posted: Apr 22, 2013

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