Sunday, April 07, 2013

Voices from Laos: California

The Voices from Laos tour has come to California this week. I encourage everyone to come hear the presenters. I'll also be presenting briefly at the performances at Stanford on April 9th and Sacramento on April 11th.

The tour aims to 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.

Among those who will be speaking are Manixia Thor, who is the leader of an all-woman demining team in Laos. Also speaking with her will be Thoummy Silamphan, who lost his left hand when he was 7 years old to a bomb explosion. He now serves as a Victim Assistance Advocate in 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.

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