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

"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

Recovering a Bombed Past with Sera Koulabdara

Sep 1, 2022

Sera Koulabdara is the Executive Director of Legacies of War. In this episode, Eugene sits down with Sera in the beginning of a three part series with Legacies of War to provide some background on the Laos bombings conducted during the American "Secret War" on Laos and how it resulted in family separation, both for Sera's family and others.

By Eugene Lee, Divided Families Project

“Ohioans reconcile with Secret War in Laos during AAPI Heritage Month”

May 31, 2022

From 1964 to 1973, the U.S. dropped more than two million tons of ordnance over Laos. Central Ohio is now home to tens of thousands of Laotian-Americans.

By William Weinstein, 10 WBNS Ohio

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

Behind The Scenes Of Our Thip Khao Talk! – 14 Hours of Questions and Editing with Aleena Inthaly

Aug 1, 2022

From the desk and makeshift studio of our Chief of Staff, Aleena Inthaly

By Aleena Inthaly, Hmong Times Online

“Preserving the History of America’s ‘secret war’ in Laos”

May 16, 2022

A new online library documents the CIA-led campaign that made it the most bombed nation in history, the effects of which are still felt by Laotian Americans today.

By Saqib Rahim, NBC News

"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

"American Secret War Veteran Works Toward a Better Future for Laos"

Nov 11, 2022

Col. Mike Burton makes his first visit back to Laos nearly 50 years after he was deployed to serve in the American Secret War, this time to address the impact and support the clearance of UXO

By Amrita Paul, The Laotian Times

“How a new library sheds light on the US ‘secret war’ in Laos”

Jun 14, 2022

Most Americans learn something about the Vietnam War at school. Fewer learn about the shadow war that was being fought alongside it.

By Harmeet Kaur, CNN

“Undetonated bombs still litter my birth country. Ukraine war shows world hasn’t learned”

Apr 4, 2022

As a war refugee from Laos, I call on America to resolve the deadly legacy of its secret war in my birth country.

By Sera Koulabdara, USA Today


“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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