TRACIE WILLIAMS
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Trust Me, I'm a survivor.

Trust Me, I'm a survivor.

​The Ban Advocates are an international group of cluster munition survivors, 
​who -  supported by Handicap International - work together to advocate for 
​the Cluster Munition Convention within their own countries and 
​internationally.

Laos is home to eight Ban Advocates. As the most heavily contaminated
​country in the world - with an estimated ​70 million cluster munitions
​currently ​contaminating the earth in this region - you will find survivors in
​villages ​throughout Laos' 16 provinces. The Lao Ban Advocates represent
​the ​story of each and every survivor ​in Laos: a story of ​life forever changed
​by ​a tragic and unexpected explosion.

This exhibition looks beyond the simple definition that a cluster bomb
​accident imposes on a person. It exposes the features of each Ban
​Advocate that truly defines them as individuals. It emphasizes that cluster
​ munitions accidents happen to people whose lives are fabrics: woven
​ with age, experience, likes, dislikes, passions and interests.

Trust me, I'm a survivor. showcases how each of the Lao Ban Advocates
​brings their own personality to their advocacy work. It highlights how
​they have overcome the trauma that their accidents created – to become
​survivors whose voices speak out against the weapons that changed
​their lives, and call for assistance for all those, who like them, have
​suffers as a result of cluster munitions.   - Text by Holly Miller

* In collaboration with Handicap International, Trust me, I'm a survivor. 
was ​exhibited  in Vientiane, LAO PDR during the First Meeting of States
​Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions in November 2010. This
​was a defining moment in the life of the Convention, which bans the use
​of the weapon and requires countries that ratify it to clear affected areas,
​destroy stockpiles, and assist victims.

Unfortunately , Phongsavath Manithong was unavailable to participate
​in this project.


​Pictured above:  ​THOUMMY SILAMPHAN 

Trust Me, I'm a survivor.

​The Ban Advocates are an international group of cluster munition survivors, 
​who -  supported by Handicap International - work together to advocate for 
​the Cluster Munition Convention within their own countries and 
​internationally.

Laos is home to eight Ban Advocates. As the most heavily contaminated
​country in the world - with an estimated ​70 million cluster munitions
​currently ​contaminating the earth in this region - you will find survivors in
​villages ​throughout Laos' 16 provinces. The Lao Ban Advocates represent
​the ​story of each and every survivor ​in Laos: a story of ​life forever changed
​by ​a tragic and unexpected explosion.

This exhibition looks beyond the simple definition that a cluster bomb
​accident imposes on a person. It exposes the features of each Ban
​Advocate that truly defines them as individuals. It emphasizes that cluster
​ munitions accidents happen to people whose lives are fabrics: woven
​ with age, experience, likes, dislikes, passions and interests.

Trust me, I'm a survivor. showcases how each of the Lao Ban Advocates
​brings their own personality to their advocacy work. It highlights how
​they have overcome the trauma that their accidents created – to become
​survivors whose voices speak out against the weapons that changed
​their lives, and call for assistance for all those, who like them, have
​suffers as a result of cluster munitions.   - Text by Holly Miller

* In collaboration with Handicap International, Trust me, I'm a survivor. 
was ​exhibited  in Vientiane, LAO PDR during the First Meeting of States
​Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions in November 2010. This
​was a defining moment in the life of the Convention, which bans the use
​of the weapon and requires countries that ratify it to clear affected areas,
​destroy stockpiles, and assist victims.

Unfortunately , Phongsavath Manithong was unavailable to participate
​in this project.


​Pictured above:  ​THOUMMY SILAMPHAN 

Trust Me, I'm a survivor.
   CHANTHAVA PODBOULY
   BOUNMY VIJAK
    LATSAMY VORALATH     ​
   NORVA LEE    ​
    PHET LATSABOUT     ​
    TA DOUNGCHOM     ​