Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Representatives from Laos PDR Permanent Mission to the United Nations to speak in New Haven

The New Haven Free Public Library is honored to have Mr. Kham-Inh Khitchadeth, Minister Counselor and Khampheng Douangthongla, Second Secretary from the Laos Peoples Democratic Republic Permanent Mission to the United Nations for a discussion following the screening of the film Bombies at 6 p.m. Aug. 24 at 133 Elm Street.

You are invited to the Program Room for this momentous occasion as the representatives from the Laos PDR Permanent Mission to The UN provide insight into issues faced by Laos caught in the turmoil of war and the difficulties afterwards.

Synopsis of the Film Bombies:
Between 1964 and 1973 American planes secretly dropped an estimated 90 million cluster bombs on Laos, and up to 30% of them failed to explode, leaving millions of unexploded but treacherous bombs scattered across the land. Since the secret war ended more than 12,000 people have been killed or injured by cluster bombs.

Called "bombies" by Laotians, cluster bombs litter schoolyards, rice paddies, and fields. Farmers, scrap metal collectors and children are the main victims of the deadly but appealing little bombs, which are tennis ball size and can look like a fruit or a toy.

BOMBIES is noted documentary filmmaker Jack Silberman's argument for an international moratorium on the use of cluster bombs.

Al Marder, Chairman of the City of New Haven Peace Commission, will introduce the film.

For more info call 946-7431 or email sgodfrey@nhfpl.orgmailto:sgodfrey@nhfpl.org

Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed

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