Hmong Rebellion in Laos
which most Americans know as The
also included civil wars in the neighboring nations of
Laos and Cambodia. In both of these Southeast Asian
countries, Communist forces overthrew the governments
after long and bloody warfare. In Laos, an ethnic group
known as the Hmong continued to fight against the forces
of the new Communist government and its allies from
Vietnam. This little-known war continues to this day.
America's long and painful time in Vietnam, the U.S.
government recruited many Hmong into a secret army
trained and armed by the Central Intelligence Agency
(CIA). Following the fall of Saigon and America's desire
to forget about our unsuccessful war in Indochina, U.S.
aid to the Hmong ended, and they were left to deal with
the Communist Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese on their
own. They have resisted ever since.
are some links to other sites with information on this
Funeral Planned For Hmong Leader Vang Pao: Calif. Funeral
Set For Vang Pao, Laotian General Who Led CIA-backed
Secret Army In Vietnam War-CBS
Refugees Live in Fear in Laos and
Thailand--Time Magazine, July,
Lao Peoples Democratic Republic and the
NOW: The great betrayal Laos' Hmong tribe faces death in
--Article on the Hmong tragedy from the World Net Daily,
November 17, 1999.
In Arms-- Article
about the Hmong Insurgency and Vietamese military aid to
Begins Repatriation of Hmong to
York Times, Dec. 27, 2009