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In Laos, there has never been a truly accurate count of UXO accident victims.

March 3, 2008
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In Laos, there has never been a truly accurate count of UXO accident victims.

Nakai Tai Village - Khammouan Province - Lao Peoples Democratic Republic We work long days here with little feedback that our work truly makes a difference.  Its one thing to have a job where you build something or make an event happen, and at the end of the day you can see change and measure progress. ...
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A school gets it’s first “Book Box” library. Parents can also borrow books.

February 20, 2008
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A school gets it’s first “Book Box” library.  Parents can also borrow books.

Mahaxai District –  Khammouan Province - Lao Peoples Democratic Republic Ninety-five per cent of schools in Laos have no books or other printed material for students to read.  In those schools all reading instruction takes place at a chalkboard with the teacher constantly writing and erasing words and phrases for the children to read. When...
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Movie filmed in Laos might spur interest in search for remains of MIA.

February 14, 2008
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Nakai District - Khammouan Province - Laos Peoples Democratic Republic The theatrical release of the movie, Rescue Dawn, may renew discussion of the treatment of Vietnam War era prisoners of war.  This movie graphically depicts the wartime experiences of Dieter Dengler, a German-born, American navy pilot who was shot down over Laos in 1966 and held...
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High mortality among infants with birth defects. Vieng’s mother struggled to keep him alive.

February 8, 2008
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High mortality among infants with birth defects.  Vieng’s mother struggled to keep him alive.

Nakai Tai Village - Khammouan Province - Laos Peoples Democratic Republic About eighteen months ago, thanks in large part to some “good deed money” donated by students at Madison Elementary School in Stevens Point, Wisconsin a Lao toddler from Nakai Tai Village received life-changing surgery. Vieng, whose name translates literally as “Hole-in-the-lip”, was born with a...
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This eco-tourism leader was abducted in broad daylight. Still no word on his condition or whereabouts.

February 1, 2008
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This eco-tourism leader was abducted in broad daylight.  Still no word on his condition or whereabouts.

Vientiane - Laos Peoples Democratic Republic There has been a lot of whispered conversation about Sompawn Khantisouk.  Everybody I know who has ever worked with Pawn or befriended his family says the same thing.  They all hope that, despite the dwindling odds, he will turn up alive. The Boat-Landing Lodge, the eco-tourism resort in Luang...
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At his mother’s request a boy collected UXO and carried bomblets home!

January 27, 2008
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At his mother’s request a boy collected UXO and carried bomblets home!

Nam Nian Village - Khammouan Province - Lao Peoples Democratic Republic It was nearing day’s end in Nam Nian village when word reached us that a mother and daughter had discovered an aluminum tube filed with cluster bombs. The pair had been out in the forest most of the day, foraging for food, when they found...
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Ten years in a Lao forced labor camp.

September 15, 2007
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Ten years in a Lao forced labor camp.

Vientiane - Lao Peoples Democratic Republic In recent years, while passing through Vientiane, I’ve worn a comfortable rut; Vientiane has become a retreat, a place for me to rest up and recover from weeks in the field. I usually arrive with firmly set notions of what I want from the city. I anticipate a favorite...
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I get bit by a scorpion and need help fast!

August 29, 2007
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I get bit by a scorpion and need help fast!

Nong District - Savanakhet Province - Lao Peoples Democratic Republic I knew I should have had my wedding ring cut off my finger before leaving for Laos. I’ve gained 20 pounds since my marriage thirty-six years ago and the ring was beginning to feel a bit snug on my finger. In addition to having packed on...
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Clearing ordnance on the old Ho Chi Minh Trail.

August 25, 2007
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Clearing ordnance on the old Ho Chi Minh Trail.

Nong District -Savanakhet Province - Lao Peoples Democratic Republic Like a wide belt, Savanakhet Province spans the entire width of south central Laos. The western border of the province is the Mekong River, which also forms the national border with Thailand; to the east a jagged mountain range demarcates the Provincial border and the Lao...
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Along the historic Ho Chi Minh Trail: people continue to live with deadly refuse of war.

August 18, 2007
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Along the historic Ho Chi Minh Trail: people continue to live with deadly refuse of war.

Nong District - Savanakhet Province - Lao Peoples Democratic Republic Legends abound about the Ho Chi Minh Trail. While most Americans associate the term with the Vietnam War, the trail was actually cut through the forests of Laos in the late 1950’s as an infiltration network for Viet Minh forces moving from north to south in...
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