All posts tagged: UXO

Submitted Story: Bouakham is dead

Bouakham is dead. She was born on 10th October 1960 and died on 29th February 2016:  55 years old.  She died less than one month after this photograph was taken. Look at the photo. You may be able to see that her right arm is wasted.  You cannot see that her right hand is locked in a fixed position.  That happened due to some set of circumstances that I have never been able to fathom, in the early-mid-1980s, whilst she was attending the National Rehabilitation Centre in Vientiane.  When this photo was taken she was already in later stages of kidney failure and her limbs were swollen due to fluid retention.  So her right arm, does not look as it normally did. You can see that she used crutches (only one in view).  That was because she did not have legs.  Well, her legs, below the knee, were amputated and she had prostheses. Of the four limbs with which she was born, only one remained in full and proper functioning. When she was 8 years …

Welcome back to Laos, Secretary John Kerry

Secretary John Kerry has landed in Laos for a few days. Thanks to the dedicated advocacy efforts of Legacies of War, led by Channapha Khamvongsa, the momentum around the UXO issue in Laos is in a media frenzy. If you’ve been following the U.S. Embassy Vientiane’s Facebook page, Secretary John Kerry has returned to Laos in efforts to improve U.S.-Laos diplomatic relations on the clean-up efforts as well as other development issues. This is ahead of the ASEAN Summit in California next month and the Obama Administration’s pivot to the region towards the end of 2016. What does the ASEAN Summit have in store for a Laos in transition, politically and socially, this year? Read up and chime in below. — From Department of State: Remarks With Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong Before Their Meeting Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Government House Vientiane, Laos January 25, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Well, thank you, Mr. Prime Minister. I’m very happy to be back. I have been a here a number of times through the years and we appreciate very …