Legacies of War (Legacies), a Washington, DC based fiscally-sponsored project of NEO Philanthropy (NEO), seeks to increase public awareness and commitment by the U.S. government to clear Laos of the millions of bombies it dropped and left in the 1960s and 70s. The organization is founded and run by Channapha Khamvongsa, who at 7 years old came to the U.S. from Laos as a refugee. She has written and spoken widely about the secret war in Laos and its aftermath and has appeared in the New York Times, Democracy Now!, CNN, ABC, PBS and CBS News.
Legacies of War’s work culminated in President Barack Obama’s visit to Laos in September 2016, when he pledged $90M in U.S. funding over 3 years for clearance, victim assistance and mine risk education. (None of the funding goes to support Legacies of War. It goes to partner organizations working in Laos.) President Obama directly acknowledged Channapha’s advocacy, which started in 2004 when U.S. funding to address this deadly legacy was only $2-3 million per year. With that level of support, it was estimated that clearing Laos would take 200 years.
Legacies’ goals are to:
Raise awareness in the U.S. and the broader international community about Laos and the legacies of the Vietnam War-era bombing.
Advocate for increased and sustained U.S. and international support for the clearance of UXO in Laos and greater assistance to bombing survivors.
Engage communities in the U.S. in discussions of peace and security issues by using the lessons learned from the war in Laos to stimulate dialogue.
Strengthen the capacity of Laotian Americans to advocate on issues of concern to their communities.
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