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Along the Mekong in Savanakhet, all seem peaceful and calm these days. As life flourish here in the country, more business, manufacturing facilities, roads, bridges are being built, finance by mostly Japanese, Australian and some other neighboring countries. Life is getting better, more new houses, more cars on the streets and more streets are being built to accommodate more cars, brighter days are ahead.

However, in the late 1970’s and throughout much of 1980’s, this river has seen many deaths and bloodshed. When Laos was took over by the Communist in 1975, many tried to escape to Thailand, by crossing the Mekong at night, Many has been shot and killed or captured and put in jail. Sometimes, we could see dead bodies floating down from the north. My family too, tried twice before we were successfully escape.

Being back here to see this sight again is such a bitter sweet moment. I couldn’t help but felt a lump in my throat as I fought back my tears to enjoy this beautiful and tranquil sunset. A dream I didn’t know could ever be realized.

This is during the dry season, the water level is very low and not as brown, the river flow gently, the middle ground is an island where people plant vegetables. Te background is Thailand. During the rainy season

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