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Merced Sun Star Covers Voices from Laos Tour Event

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Manixia Thor at the Merced Voices from Laos event.

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. When she was about 10 years old, her uncle lost his left hand to a bomb.

“Our homeland remains quite dangerous,” she said. “And because of my experience and because of the danger it posses to my son and other children, this is why I do this work.”

Thoummy Silamphan, 26, spoke as a survivor of the bombing campaign’s deadly legacy. When he was 8 years old, he went digging for bamboo shoots and was badly burned when a bomb exploded.

“I wouldn’t say I’m angry,” he said. “But it would be good if many people were thinking about the victims because they are poor families. Now they’re just waiting for support and help.”


The entire article can be read by clicking on this link: The Merced Sun Star


Posted: Apr 11, 2013

Category: News