President Obama in Laos – Youtube links to UXO stories

President Obama Speaks to the People of Laos
(Cultural Hall, Vientiane, Laos, 6 Sept 2016, published by the White House)

President Obama Delivers Remarks at the COPE Visitor Center
(COPE Centre, Vientiane, Laos, 7 September 2016, published by the White House)

Obama honors victims of American bombings in Laos
(7 September 2016, CBS This Morning)
President Obama spent his second day in Laos visiting a northern city known for its Buddhist temples. He also visited victims of American bombing from the Vietnam War and promised more money to help them. Margaret Brennan reports from Vientiane, the capital of Laos.

Victims of Laos’ Forgotten War
(Xepon, Laos, 7 September 2016, Financial Times)
Laos is still littered with unexploded bombs from the Vietnam war. The FT’s Michael Peel visits Xepon on the former Ho Chi Minh trail to talk to people who have suffered personally and see the clear up operation.

Brett Dakin, Legacies of War
(CTV Your Morning, September 8, 2016)
Brett Dakin discusses President Obama’s historic announcement and what it means to those who have fought to address the legacies of war in Laos.

Laos still feeling the effects of the Vietnam War
(Laos, 5 September 2016, CBS Evening News)
President Obama’s trip to Laos is the first by a sitting U.S. president. He is expected to address a once-secret bombing program the U.S. led in the Vietnam war that Laos is still feeling today. Adriana Diaz reports.

Bomb Hunter In Laos Dismantles Leftover U.S. Bombs
(Laos, 10 September 2016, AJ+)
Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to visit Laos, where millions of unexploded American bombs dropped during the Vietnam War are still claiming lives to this day.

“Millions of People in Laos Still Live in Fear” as Obama Pledges $90 Million to Clean Up U.S. Bombs
(8 September 2016, Democracy Now)
As President Obama becomes the first American president to visit Laos, we look at the legacy of the U.S. bombing campaign there during the war on Vietnam.

Legacies of War

Legacies of War is the leading U.S.-based educational and advocacy organization working to address the impact of conflict in Laos during the Vietnam War-era, including removal of unexploded ordnance (UXO). They raise awareness about the history of the Vietnam War-era bombing of Laos, provide space for healing the wounds of war, and create greater hope for a future of peace. They are not a direct service or aid organization, nor do they have local offices in Laos. From Washington, DC, they engage and establish relationships with governments, civil society and individuals, especially from the Lao diaspora, to raise awareness and increase financial support for clearance of UXO in Laos. They work directly with key decision-makers in the U.S. government – including Congress and the Administration – and with the private sector and media outlets to provide these influential groups with compelling information and analysis. They serve as a convenor and organizer of partner organizations and individuals seeking to resolve the UXO problem in Laos.

QLA Director Thoummy recently received an award from Legacies of War for his advocacy work on behalf of UXO survivors

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