Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Immigration of the Lao Iu Mein :: Laos Thailand
Immigration of the Lao Iu Mein I fancy it would be an interesting idea to enlighten and inform people approximately the Lao Iu Mein and our process of immigrating to the U.S. as well as the challenges we have to overcome. I interviewed my parents, Lao Iu Mein refugees who immigrated to the joined States from Siameseland. Through this interview, I had a chance to take in for the first time the story of my parents struggles and experiences as they journeyed to a fundament where they became aliens and how that place is now the place they call home. During the 1960s and 70s, Laos became engulfed in the Vietnam War. The U.S. government excessively got involved by supporting the anti-Communist forces and getting the tribes in Laos to help them. The Iu Mein, as well as other minority tribes, provided the U.S. with armed manpower, intelligence, and surveillance. In 1975, the conjunction forces rose in victory as the Iu Mein people began to escape to their homeland. My ai m give tongue to that the reason my family, as well as most of the Iu Mein in Laos, ran away was because they didnt want to be under the new Pathet Lao government. Escaping was not easy to accomplish. Many of my parents friends who were caught trying to escape were taken to prisons, tortured, and most of them were killed. My parents were frightened of the Vietnamese s elderiers and prayed that nothing would happen to them, their brothers, sisters, parents, and their son (my brother) who was 8 years old at the time. They had to flee during the night, pass through the jungles and onto boats traveling across the Mekong River. When they reached Thailand, my parents and those who fly with them were taken to refugee camps. The camps were fenced with barbed wire and guarded by armed Thai soldiers. The refugees were given a curfew that only allowed them to stay out before 10 pm. If they were caught disobeying curfew, they would be beaten and taken to jail. The camps received food and supplies that were provided by the United Nations Organization. My parents said that in the camps, their lives were still hard although they felt safer. My mother said that the one thing they worried most about was the fact that they wouldnt treat their farming to grow food, something that had been part of the daily lives before the camp.
Posted by Gloria Sweet at 4:47 AM