Through The Static

March 16, 2008

The Lost Tribe

Filed under: Politics,World News — disciplepete @ 1:19 pm

I just watched this documentary on Al Jazeera and found it to be pretty moving and eye-opening. Here’s the description:

 The Hmong hill tribe in Laos was recruited in 1961 by the CIA, to fight a “Secret War” against the Communists of North Vietnam. Their job was to try to block the Vietcong’s supply route.Known as the “Ho Chi Minh trail”, it ran through Laos, along the border with Vietnam. More than 40,000 Hmong were killed in the fighting that followed.When the US fled Saigon in 1975, Communists also seized control of Laos.The Hmong, abandoned by the US, allegedly became the target of retaliation and persecution. 
This marked the beginning of the mass exodus of Hmong refugees into Thailand, which eventually swelled to more than 300,000.Al Jazeera’s Tony Birtley trekked through the jungles of northern Laos to find this dwindling tribe, the first television journalist to do so.

It’s pretty sad, but interesting also to see how the Vietnam war still affects these people so dramatically. Here’s part 1 of it…you should be able to click on part 2 in the sidebar or at the end of the video.


1 Comment »

  1. i can imagine why the Vietnar war still affects these people. It was a highly publicized war in a time period where many many issues were being tackled. It was a generation, at least in the US, that endured politics, pop culture, etc. In Vietnam, it was a time of hurt. This kind of hurt last forever

    Comment by igetpersonal — March 16, 2008 @ 1:44 pm | Reply

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