Photographer's Note

I had intended to go back to recent digital photos after my trip to Niger, but yesterday I happened to find a number of old photos that I had scanned already years ago but never used. I was surprised to find that they only needed very slight adjustments to be good enough for the site. I was even more surprised to find that I hadn't even used them as workshops. I checked carefully.

This is from outside the city of Luang Prabang in northern Laos in January 1973. The country was still at war and thousands of people mainly belonging to small minority groups who had sided with the USA supported government had fled to the cities to escape the Communist guerilla Pathet Lao. Eventually most of these people could settle permanently in Western countries, mainly the USA.

In this small refugee camp I mainly met people of the Hmong group. I don't have very clear memories of the short time I spent there (I was not a journalist in those days, so I didn't have a job to do), but I think this little girl was the sister of this boy. Not very far from this camp was the village where I took this photo.

Here is a larger version. It was scanned from a Kodachrome slide.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11694 W: 564 N: 22478] (97516)
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