Voices of Laos: Clearing Bombs, Protecting Lives - Panel Discussion
Friday, April 12, 2013 - 4:00pm
Voices of Laos:  Clearing Bombs, Protecting Lives - Panel Discussion

Portland State University is pleased to host

A panel discussion - Voices from Laos: Clearing Bombs, Protecting Lives

  • DATE/TIME:  Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 4:00 PM
  • Location:  PSU Urban Studies Building, 2nd Fl Gallery (506 SW Mill St., Portland)

Sponsored by the U. S. State Department, “Voices from Laos: Clearing Bombs, Protecting Lives,” is a ground-breaking, 9-city, national speakers tour focused on the legacy and future of the unexploded ordinance (UXO) issue in Laos.

The tour will create a space for dialogue on how individuals and communities are affected by Vietnam War-era unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Laos, how the problem is being addressed in the country, and ways in which people in the U.S. can help to clear Laos of bombs, support survivors of accidents, and help to create a safer future for the people of Laos.

The speakers tour aims to educate audiences about the dangers of UXO in Laos, mobilize positive action, and show how war and conflict can haunt innocent civilians decades later. The tour will also present an opportunity for healing and hope. By mobilizing communities, Legacies of War will build a movement to stop the senseless deaths and injuries caused by UXO and build a bright future for the children of Laos.


Meet the Speakers

Bomb Clearance Team Leader

Manixia leads an all-women demining team in Laos. As a mother and demining technician, Manixia Thor is helping to change the landscape of Laos, one dangerous item at a time. Occasionally, some men doubt whether women can remove live bombs as well as them, but Manixia and her team love to prove them wrong!

Read Manixia’s story and see her introductory video, here

Thoummy Silamphan

Bomb Accident Survivor & Victim Assistance Advocate

When he was 7 years old, Thoummy was collecting bamboo shoots for his family when he disturbed a decades-old cluster bomb that exploded and tore off his left hand. He will tell his story of survival and that of others like him on the Voices from Laos Speakers Tour.

Read Thoummy’s story and see his introductory video, here

For more information visit: voices/