UNPO Secretary General Marino Busdachin condemns in the statement below the recent violence against the Hmong people by the Lao and Vietnamese Military Forces, and urges the international community to speak out against this crackdown.
UNPO Secretary General Marino Busdachin condemns the recent violence perpetrated by the Lao and Vietnamese military forces against the Hmong people. Laos must end its violent campaign to cleanse the country of Hmong people on the basis of their ethnicity.
President Chong Lor Her of the Hmong Chao Fa reports that the Lao and Vietnamese military forces are cooperating in their violent efforts to decimate the Hmong people. On 25 and 26 September 2012, soldiers came from Moungcha and Xiangkhouang, firing heavy weapons in the Hmong-inhabited region of Phou Bia Mountain. The Hmong have been able to offer minimal and unsuccessful resistance to the powerful militaries of Laos and Vietnam.
As a result of the violent attacks, the Hmong have seen their food sources cut off and destroyed. The Congress of World Hmong People has expressed the need for humanitarian assistance to the region, particularly medicine, and is concerned about the continued safety and security of women, children and the elderly.
The UNPO condemns the actions of the Government of Vietnam in supplying the Lao military with both weapons and soldiers and demands an end to continued efforts on the part of the Government of Laos to cleanse northern Laos of its approximately 300,000 Hmong inhabitants.
UNPO Secretary General Marino Busdachin calls on the international community to respond to the severe violations of human rights and international law being perpetrated by the Lao and Vietnamese governments against the Hmong people.
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Most of the stuff on this blog are Internet sites, with the sources reference to back to the articles. Even though I am Hmong, myself, I still am learning about my culture every day.
Usually when people ask my ethnicity, I used to hesitate to tell them what my ethnicity is because most people do not know what the heck Hmong is! As I grew older, I learn to appreciate my culture. True, there is not much written in books about Hmong people. However, over time, thanks to the Internet, more sources are available. In the end, I've educated others about the Hmong culture.
I've been criticized of not being Hmong enough. Why? My husband is not Hmong. Sometimes in life, we don't pick and choose who we fall in love with. I'm more Hmong than some Hmong people who claim to have Hmong pride. Just because my husband isn't Hmong or I don't attend Hmong events doesn't make me less Hmong. Doing all that doesn't mean you're more Hmong. I educate myself in the Hmong culture and teach others about it. I can not shelter myself from others and expect others to know who Hmong people are.
The purpose of this blog is for me to blog about anything about the Hmong culture, language, clothing, events, whatever. I wanted a place to come back to share with friends. Before I used to send out emails about my findings. Now I can blog about it.