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Group Visits Route to Freedom Taken by Leaders in 1960

Over 300 people gathered near Tadxone Waterfall in Vientiane’s Naxaithong district on Friday to trace the path taken by the 16 Lao Patriotic Front leaders who made a daring escape from Phonkheng Jail 56 years ago.

The breakout by the revolutionary leaders including Prince Souphanouvong, Nouhak Phoumsavanh and Phoumy Vongvichit was an extraordinary feat and is considered a significant event in Lao history which remains talked about to this day.

Among those joining the 2-km walk to trace the route taken by the Lao Patriotic Front leaders were Party Politburo Member and President of the Lao Front for National Construction, Dr Xaysomphone Phomvihane, and other leaders.

The crowd walked to a cave where Prince Souphanouvong and the other escapees hid before heading to the revolutionary stronghold in northern Laos.

The event was organised by the Lao Front for National Construction and the Vientiane Elderly People’s Association.

President of the Vientiane Elderly People’s Association, Mr Somphong Mongkhonvilay, told the crowd that the goal of the walk was to raise awareness among the younger generation and encourage people never to forget the valiant deeds of the revolutionary leaders who sacrificed so much for the nation.

On July 28, 1959, the American-backed Vientiane government arrested the 16 Lao Patriotic Front leaders and put them in Phonkheng Jail in a bid to suppress the revolutionary movement, Mr Somphong said.

During their time in jail, the group told the soldiers guarding the prison about the political views, revolutionary morale, spirit of patriotism and sacrifices of the revolutionary forces and eventually persuaded their guards to side with them.

Although our revolutionary leaders were in jail, they jointly signed a letter which they sent to the Phouy Sananikone Prime Minister-led government, requesting (the Vientiane government) to release them. But the Vientiane government did not care about the letter, Mr Somphong said.

Over a period of almost 300 days, the situation became more tense and the revolutionary leaders talked their guards into a position of sympathy so that they prepared an escape route.

Finally the leaders escaped in 1960 and headed to Naxaithong district, before walking to the north and the safety of the revolutionary stronghold.

To commemorate the courage of the 16 revolutionary leaders, the Lao Front for National Construction and Vientiane Elderly People’s Association published a book about the incident.

The book keeps alive the story of the leaders’ break for freedom and ensures that the younger generations can learn about the incredible story of their escape.

The book was written by Mr Buasy Chaleunsouk, one of the 16 revolutionary leaders.

A second edition of the book has been printed and earnings from sales will be used to build a memorial to the escapees.


Source: Vientiane Times

Chinese Group Backs Poverty Eradication Efforts

The International Poverty Reduction Centre in China (IPRCC) will provide US$5 million this year to assist in eradicating poverty in two villages in Vientiane and Luang Prabang province.

The money will be used to alleviate poverty in Xam village of Sangthong district, Vientiane and in Xienglome village of Luang Prabang district, Luang Prabang province.

At the end of this month a Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony will be held in the capital between representatives of the National Committee for Rural Development and Poverty Eradication (NRDPE) of Laos and the Coo peration Division of IPRCC.

At the same time, the International Poverty Reduction Centre in China will meet with representatives of Myanmar and Cambodia to sign agreements to assist in their respective poverty eradication efforts.

A Lao-Chinese Seminar on Poverty Reduction was held at the NRDPE on Monday, and was attended by Vice Chair of NRDPE Mr. Thongvanh Vilayheuang, Chief of Cooperation Division, IPRCC Ms Li Shaojun, and senior officials from various organisations.

The seminar’s aim was to share lessons learned by Lao officials from training programmes in China, to discuss the roles and functions of the Chinese delegations visiting Laos and perspectives of NRDPE tasks, while also targeting capacity building in rural development and poverty eradication for Lao government staff from different sectors.

Mr. Thongvanh said the seminar was very important for assisting poverty eradication and strengthening the traditional and longstanding good relationship between Laos and China.

Laos has been collaborating with the International Poverty Reduction Centre in China, engaging in seven types of training programmes and high level visits to focus on sharing experiences and upgrading methodologies based on China’s extensive efforts to alleviate poverty.

We are exchanging experiences with each other to try to eradicate poverty. Laos has good land, electricity and water so the country has a good environment with its small population. Laos is in a better condition than China with its very large population and about 50 million people around the country still living in poverty, Ms Li said. Cooperation with neighbouring countries was crucial to exchange lessons learned and to facilitate poverty eradication efforts, she added.


Source: Vientiane Times

New JICA Volunteers Group Arrives in Laos

New Japanese volunteers dispatched by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) recently arrived in Laos to support socio-economic and human resource development across the country.

Govt, World Bank Group Discuss Disaster Risk Management

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China Gezhouba Group Signs Deal to Construct 35-MW Xelanong 2 Hydropower Project In Laos

The China Gezhouba Group Corp. has signed an agreement with the Laotian government to develop a 35 MW hydroelectric plant in Laos’ southern Salavan province, according to reports from state news sources.