Stories of transformation from Laos and beyond in the words of leaders taking on contemporary issues through business, creativity, and advocacy.
Two daughters meet. Two stories. One war.
I thought she would tell me that her land was contaminated with unexploded bombs when I asked her what motivated her to become the Team Leader of one of Mines Advisory Group's badass all women bomb clearance teams.
Instead, she was silent. Against her will, gravity pulled tears from her eyes. Her team of friends looked on in disbelief. No one had known that when she was 8, her father was farming and hit a live cluster bomb that killed him.
Nothing in my broken Lao vocabulary of food and drink words was appropriate to respond with. In a panic, the only thing I could think to do was give her the peacebomb cuff bracelet off my arm and put it on hers. A teeny gesture. When I saw her again almost a year later, she was still wearing the bracelet inscribed beauty will save the world. I hope she knows she is that beauty.