I am a cluster bomb survivor from Laos. Bombs that were dropped on my country during the Vietnam War have killed and injured up to 20,000 Laotians since 1973. I have been on tour of the US to educate people about this issue. The tour ends in DC on...
18 years ago, when I was eight, I was digging for bamboo shoots to make soup for my family and my shovel struck a cluster bomb. The explosion resulted in my left hand having to be amputated.
I have been touring the United States with the Voices from Laos: Clearing Bombs, Saving Lives Speakers Tour to educate people in the US as to to the remaining bombs in Laos from secret bombings of my country that ended 40 years ago this month, what is being done to address the issue, and what others can do to help survivors like me.
My friend Manixia Thor did a very popular AMA here a few weeks ago as we started the tour. She talked a lot about demining. I can tell you about how it feels to be a survivor of a cluster bomb explosion and what is needed to help people like me. There is a great need.
**** THANKS FOR ALL YOUR GREAT QUESTIONS: this is all I have time for today. Please come see us in DC on the 30th.**