The Hmong Rebellion in Laos (1975-Present)
Flag of Laos
The conflict which most Americans know as The Vietnam War, 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.
During 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.
Below are some links to other sites with information on the Hmong Insurgency in Laos.
Calif 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 news
Hmong Refugees Live in Fear in Laos and Thailand–Time Magazine, July, 2010
The Lao Peoples Democratic Republic and the Hmong
Hmong Insurgency -Wikipedia article
APOCALYPSE NOW: The great betrayal Laos’ Hmong tribe faces death in forced repatriation –Article on the Hmong tragedy from the World Net Daily, November 17, 1999.
Brothers In Arms-- Article about the Hmong Insurgency and Vietamese military aid to Laos.
Thailand Begins Repatriation of Hmong to Laos–New York Times, Dec. 27, 2009
See also: Wars of Vietnam