First photo credit: Kay Chernush for the U.S. State Department. The girl in the photo was trafficked from Nepal.
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STOP THE GENOCIDE IN LAOS
''Hundreds of our people are severely injured by the LPDR (Lao People's Democratic Republic) rocket mortars, bombs, and bullet wounds, we are suffering here, without medicine, no cure, and no food. We carry old weapons from the Vietnam War just to protect ourselves but we never go to hunt the LPDR for resistance purposes. The outside world must reach out to help us, to protect our life. We cry out for your help to rescue us as soon as possible.
Currently, we have no land to farm, we have no place to live, we have no food to eat, and we have no medicine to cure the wounded and sick people. We are dying day by day from the military attacks, we are hungry, and we are sick. The LPDR military with Vietnam troops surrounded us and watch us from everywhere, they wait for us at all the places where we can find wild potatoes and leaves to eat.''
- Excerpt from a Report on the Situation in the Xaysomboun Special Zone and 1100 Hmong-Lao Refugees who escaped to Petchabun, Thailand 2004-2005 by Rebecca Sommer. To download the full report click here.
Little Survivors is urging all national governments that have diplomatic relations with the Government of Laos, that includes Australia, to take notice of the plight of the Hmong hiding in the jungle to escape persecution by the authorities in Laos. These Lao Hmong are suffering terribly and live in fear. Many of these Hmong, including children, have wounds from conflict, and are facing starvation and illness. Their only chance of survival is if the international community takes action and ensures a safe zone monitored by international observers.
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URGENT UPDATE: A recent Press Release claims that the Lao authorities have begun a military campaign, with the assistance of Vietnamese troops, with the intent to exterminate Hmong completely by the end of January 2011 prior to a visit by an overseas official. To see the Press Release click here.
Click here to find more news articles about the Hmong refugees and those still hiding in the jungles of Laos. For an understanding of the urgency of their situation have a look at the documentary The Lost Tribe.
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