I recently received a copy of Anne-Sophie Gindroz’s testimony ‘Laos, The Silent Repression’. Anne-Sophie was expelled from Laos in late 2012 following her ongoing efforts to advance political freedom and promote human rights.
Below is a weblink that will take you to a copy of her full 146 page monograph available for free download.
This is an important work that offers valuable insights into Laos’ political-economic system, and which offers some deeply moving vignettes of Anne-Sophie’s personal experiences while working in the country.
The work is dedicated to abducted Lao community development worker Sombath Somphone and his wife Shui-Meng.
“The deserted village
Supplied by land and rice fields
Cattle and grazing space
Natural springs, fish, and a river
But without any negotiations
Nor even an explanation
They suffer the sentence
Of a forbidden city”
(Gindroz 2017: 28)