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Textiles show history of Secret War in Laos and how women perceived conflict

Apr 17, 2023

Monday marks 50 years since the U.S. ended its nine-year bombing of Laos. Traditional textiles with missiles, grenades and attack planes offer a haunting glimpse of the attacks.

By Saqib Rahim, NBC News

Embracing your origin story, healing generation trauma and using social media to make a career pivot and land your dream job with Danae Hendrickson

Apr 4, 2023

Many of us experience generational trauma and mental health issues, and they impact our life and career choices.

By Samorn Selim, Career Unicorn

'I don't want it to happen again': Don't send cluster bombs to Ukraine. Just look at Laos.

Mar 18, 2023

In my birth country, since the last bomb was dropped 50 years ago, only 1% of the contaminated area has been cleared, posing danger to children walking to school and farmers working their land.

By Sera Koulabdara, USA Today

"Sera is the first Lao-American to be elected to lead the ban on cluster munitions and landmines"

Jan 23, 2023

Ms. Sera Koulabdara, the head of the Legacies Of War, was recently elected as the Chair of the USCBL-CMC (US Campaign to Ban Landmines-Cluster Munition Coalition)

By Buasawan Simmala, VOA News

The day the bombs rained down in Laos

Apr 16, 2023

50 years ago today, during the Lao new year, the US blew up my father’s village, leaving a legacy of unexploded munitions.

By Aleena Inthaly, Responsible Statecraft

I dropped cluster bombs on Laos in US 'secret war.' Ukraine shouldn't want this nightmare.

Apr 4, 2023

All that was accomplished by using these inhumane weapons was to leave a trail of destruction that remains to this day, and a deep sense of regret for U.S. veterans like myself.

By Mike Burton, USA Today

"Jimmy Carter's Call to Ban Mines and Clusters is Still Urgent"

Mar 13, 2023

The US must heed its former president’s call and rid the US arsenal of these indiscriminate weapons.

By Titus Peachey, Inkstick

"50 years later, peace treaty that was supposed to end Vietnam War still haunts my family"

Jan 21, 2023

My father's fellow pilots were shot down a week after the Paris Peace Accords were signed 50 years ago. The crash fed his post-traumatic stress disorder and survivor's guilt endlessly.

By Heather Atherton, USA Today

An Ambassador's Call To Rid Laos Of Unexploded Ordnance

Apr 5, 2023

It’s time for the US to finally clean up the unexploded ordnance it left behind in Laos during its “secret war.”

By Ambassador Douglas A. Hartwick, Inkstick


Mar 20, 2023

Philly’s southeast Asian community is done hiding.

By Laicie Heeley, Things That Go Boom

Can Cluster Bombs Show Us How To Stop a Nuclear War?

Feb 6, 2023

Despite being banned, anti-personnel landmines and unexploded submunitions still litter fields from Bosnia to Bangladesh. And they’re even being used in Ukraine. Does that mean the treaties that ban their use aren’t working? Experts say the story isn’t so simple.

By Laicie Heeley, Things That Go Boom

"Legacies of War continues to support UXO clearance in Laos"

Nov 12, 2022

The board members of Legacies of War and its community partners visited the Lao PDR to review efforts to remove unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the Southeast Asian country.

By KPL Lao News Agency


“Meet SapSap, a Racine-Area Laotian Restaurant With a Cause”

Dec 3, 2021

The Asian fusion restaurant in Racine County serves up meals with the goal of educating people about Laos’ history and culture and raising awareness about the effects of Secret War in Laos.

By Jonathon Sadowski, Upnorth News

“America’s Secret War in Laos Uncovered”

Sep 9, 2016

More bombs were dropped on Laos than over Germany and Japan in WWII combined.

ByBob Woodruff and Karson Yiu, ABC News

“The Heroes Behind Obama’s Historic Announcement in Laos”

Sep 6, 2016

The United States will devote $90 million to finding and disposing of 50-year-old unexploded bombs.

By John Cavanagh, The Nation

“U.S. Bombs Dropped Decades Ago in Laos Still Killing People”

Sep 5, 2016

A U.S. secret operation in Laos that ended 43 years ago is still creating fresh wounds.

By Adriana Diaz, CBS News

“Why Biden must reverse Trump policy on landmines now”

Apr 8, 2021

These destructive weapons continue to kill decades after formal cessations of hostilities.

By Sera Koulabdara, Responsible Statecraft

“After War, A New Legacy of Peace in Laos”

Sep 7, 2016

When I was 6 years old, my family fled Laos, a country in Southeast Asia the size of Minnesota. As refugees welcomed by the United States, my parents’ wish for their children was to not look back, but to take every opportunity provided in our new homeland to live a happy, fulfilled life .

By Channapha Khamvongsa, The Medium

"Barack Obama lands in Laos for first U.S. presidential visit"

Sep 5, 2016

President Obama arrives in Vientiane, Laos for the first time.

By Josh Lederman and Kathleen Hennessey, The Associated Press

“My Friends Were Afraid of Me: What 80 Million Unexploded US Bombs did to Laos”

Sep 5, 2016

For two years after the accident, Yei Yang refused to leave his home.

By Rebecca Wright, CNN

“The Fight to Demine Laos”

May 11, 2017

While imagery of the “American War” in Vietnam was being blasted across newspaper front pages, radio stations, and televisions in the U.S., the Nixon administration and the CIA were secretly showering its neighbors, the small, land-locked Laos, and Cambodia, with millions of bombs...

By Claire Knox, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

“Obama to Announce $90 Million Package to Clear Laos’ Unexploded Bombs”

Sep 6, 2016

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that US has an “obligation” to help Laos recover from a brutal secret bombing campaign that destroyed parts of the Southeast Asian nation.

By Elisa Labbott, CNN

“Obama to Address Lethal Legacy of Secret War in Laos”

Sep 5, 2016

Yianyang Bounxieng remembers playing with bombs as a child growing up in Xieng Khouang...

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre, Reuters

“Obama Heads to Laos for ASEAN Summit, Historic Visit”

Sep 5, 2016

The deadly legacy of U.S. bombings over Laos during the Vietnam War still lingers to this day.

By Ron Allen, NBC News

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