Young mother, leader of female demining team, to speak at JMU

A 24-year-old mother who leads an all-female demining team in Laos will tell her story from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25 at James Madison University.

Manixia Thor will visit JMU as part of a nationwide speakers tour, "Voices from Laos." Also speaking Thursday will be Thoummy Silamphan, a Lao bomb-accident survivor who heads the Quality of Life Association in Xieng Khouang, the first association to serve bomb survivors in Laos.

The event, sponsored by the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery at JMU, will take place in Room 159 of the ISAT/CS building on the JMU campus east of Interstate 81. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in lot D-2 adjacent to the building.

Channapha Khamvongsa, Titus Peachey and Dr. Ken Rutherford will join Thor and Silamphan for a panel discussion that will focus on how explosive contamination is being addressed and how the U.S. can help clear Laos of bombs, support survivors of accidents and create a safer future for the people of Laos.

Khamvongsa is the Executive Director at Legacies of War, the only U.S. nonprofit organization dedicated solely to raising awareness about the Vietnam War-era bombings of Laos and the ongoing problem of unexploded bombs.  Peachey is the Director of Peace Education for Mennonite Central Committee-U.S. Rutherford is the Director of CISR.

CISR was founded at James Madison University in 1996, originally as the Mine Action Information Center. The Center has worked to help communities worldwide build peaceful and prosperous futures free from repercussions of war and disaster.

For more information, visit http://cisr.jmu.edu/legacies.htm.


Published April 22, 2013



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