The event will also showcase original historic illustrations and narratives collected by Fred Branfman and Bouangeun Luangpraseut (Nguen) between 1970 and 1971 in a Vientiane refugee camp where victims of US bombings fled. The drawings and narratives became the foundation of Legacies of War’s early beginnings. They represent the past - voiceless, faceless, nameless and directly impacted refugees, who endured an air war campaign perpetuated in secrecy and unknown to the outside world. The simplicity of the drawings and narratives emphasize that the illustrations were not artist or writers, just ordinary villagers who bore witness to the devastating events.
The drawings were brought from Laos in 1972 and used in a U.S. Congressional hearing about the status of refugees in Southeast Asia. These drawings were the first-person testimonial to come out of the ravaged nation and helped to expose the decade-long U.S. secret war in Laos.
These drawings helped the Lao diaspora in the U.S. to connect to this little-known history. Legacies of War seeks to raise funds to return these drawings back to Laos - to their rightful home - so the people of Laos, especially the younger generation, will know this history of war and refuge. And that the historic drawings, showing survival and resiliency, may inspire the people of Laos to create a safe and bright future for their country.
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