All posts tagged: Vietnam War

Producers of PBS “We’ll Meet Again” Documentary Series Call for Reunion Stories from Laotian Diaspora

Producers of a We’ll Meet Again, a series on reunions torn by major historic events, are looking for reunion stories from the diaspora during the Vietnam War, Secret War and Laotian Civil War eras. If this is you or someone you might know, share the call below to your networks. — Separated from family by migration or war? Thrown together with a stranger during a natural disaster or emergency? Have you shared historic events with someone you’d like to see again? We’ll Meet Again is a new history series and we may be able to help you find the person you’re looking for. To find out more with no obligation, please email or call toll free on 1-888-487-2771. More details online here.

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 …