Their faces were gaunt like old people. Their bellies protruded from their frail bodies. Food was scarce not only in this mountainous region. The kids were walking barefoot, in tattered clothes, while some were naked. Seeing him, the kids gathered around him, begging for food, asking to be saved. His heart sank. He could not do anything but cry.It was Laos in 1968.
The scene has stayed in Enrique Labao’s mind, reminding him of the grim realities of war.
“I didn’t bring anything for the kids, this was a military support mission. Days after, I heard the tribe had been moved to another area. Their place had been overrun by the insurgents,” he recalls.
Enrique Labao, w…
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