The leader of the Hmong community in Thailand’s Phetchaboun province appeals for help from fellow Hmongs living overseas, especially the Hmong communities in the US, claiming he and his people helped and fought along side the CIA during the Indochina War.
Xeng Vang, the Hmong leader, tells VOA's Songrit PhonNgern that he and a group of followers have been living in Phetchaboun since the end of the Indochina War, when they fled Laos and came to that area to live near relatives who have resettled in Thailand. Over the years, their numbers have grown to over 6,000, representing a big problem for Thai authorities who want to repatriate them to Laos.
In July of last year, Thai authorities evicted them from their settlement in Khao Khor District. Since then, the Hmong refugees have been living along both sides of the road leading to Khao Khor. Recently, Thai police arrested a group of 29 Hmong youths who had ventured out of their makeshift camp to celebrate Christmas, and repatriated 27 of them to Laos.
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