Voices from the Plain of Jars
Life under an Air War
Publication Year: 2013
When first published in 1972, this book was instrumental in exposing the bombing. In this expanded edition, Branfman follows the story forward in time, describing the hardships that Laotians faced after the war when they returned to find their farm fields littered with cluster munitions—explosives that continue to maim and kill today.
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
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Though this volume seems, at first glance, a slender collection of short state-ments and simple sketches, it is arguably the most important single book toemerge from the Vietnam War. Originally published more than forty yearsago, Voices from the Plain of Jars is a collective memoir of the secret air warover neutral Laos, written, in part, by the ordinary Lao peasants who suf-...
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These essays and drawings were prepared by Laotian survivors of the bomb-ing and destruction of the Plain of Jars. Bouangeun Luangpraseuth and Ithen collected the material in a half-dozen refugee camps in the VientianeFour major obstacles affected the securing of these documents. The firstwas language. Few Westerners cared to learn Laotian and because of that...
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In September 1969, after a recorded history of seven hundred years, theThe Plain, located in northeastern Laos, was destroyed by a bombingcampaign that marked one of the most significant events of the twentiethcentury: the advent of unilateral and secret U.S. Executive Branch automatedwarfare. Laos was the first occasion in which the majority of fighting was...
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Our lives became like those of animals desperately trying to escapetheir hunters. . . . Human beings whose parents brought them into theworld and carefully raised them with overflowing love despite somany difficulties, these human beings would die from a single blast asexplosions burst, lying still without moving again at all. And who...
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When the war ended in 1975, the people of the Plain of Jars achieved theirwish. They were allowed to return to the land of their birth. But they foundthat land deeply scarred by war. Their homes were destroyed. The thou-sands of water buffaloes they had once used to plow their fields were gone.They lacked food, often existing only on emergency handouts of rice. They...
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Page Count: 196
Illustrations: 34 b/w illus.
Publication Year: 2013
Edition: 2nd ed.
Series Title: New Perspectives in Se Asian Studies
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth