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General Pao Provides New Hope

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By: Rich Rodriguez

A Mother cries for her daughter that she hasn't seen in decades. Mee Vang hopes that General Vang Pao's return to Laos will create a wish she passionately clings to, being reunited with her daughter.

Tears flowed from Mee Vang's eyes Wednesday night as she recalled her daughter Shoua Xiong.  Xiong became separated from her parents and four siblings as they were fleeing the jungles of Laos.

Mee Vang says "she has seven children but I haven't seen her children and how she lived all these years. Xiong has lived all those years in a refugee camp but can't leave because the government won't allow her to re–locate to another country.

Hope of seeing her daughter heightened Wednesday after learning that General Pao plans to return to Laos after 35 years in virtual exile.  Mee Vang says "if the doors open and the General is able to go to Thailand my hope is that he will be able to bring my daughter to this country."

Summer Vue is president of Hmong Justice USA. She calls the General's decision a milestone. But she disagrees with him that the governments of Thailand and Laos, to use his words are our friends.  She says "I have to question that statement cause currently we have 4500 Hmong families still in refugee camps in Thailand.

Summer Vue has pictures to support her statement.  She says "these are the faces of Hmong children that is currently being incarcerated in Non Kai, Thailand.   There are about 150 people in that jail cell.

Summer Vue wants to meet with the General before he leaves in January to take part in a reconciliation event at the Freedom Bridge between Thailand and Laos. 

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