What happened to the Hmong?
The Hmong were hunted down, taken to concentration camps, put into hard labor and persecuted. Their villages were sprayed with chemical weapons and bombed with napalm. It is estimated that more than 10% (35,000) of the entire Hmong population in Laos died as a result of the war and its aftermath.
How did the result of the Vietnam War affect the Hmong?
How did the result of the Vietnam War affect the Hmong? Some were evacuated by American forces, but many were left at the mercy of the Pathet Lao. Rather than travel to the United States or Laos, many Hmong preferred to stay in squalid refugee camps on the border of Thailand.
What happened to Laos after the Vietnam War?
Two years after the U.S. withdrawal from South Vietnam, the Kingdom of Laos was overthrown by communist troops supported by the North Vietnamese Army. The Hmong people immediately became targets of retaliation and persecution.
What happened to the Hmong after the US left Vietnam?
After many years of the Vietnam War, the world finally found out that the Hmong people were involved (WPT). In 1973, the U.S. bailed out of the war, and took their allies with them back to the United States. … 10,000 escaped to Thailand and 90,000 Hmong stood on their homeland and suffered the communist government.
What happened to the Hmong after the secret war?
After the War
Displaced from their villages, which were either bombed out or burned by the North Vietnamese and the new Lao communist regime, many Hmong became refugees in their own country.
How many Hmong soldiers were killed during the war?
By the war’s end, between 30,000 and 40,000 Hmong soldiers had been killed in combat, and between 2,500 and 3,000 were missing in action. An estimated one-fourth of all Hmong men and boys died fighting the Communist Pathet Lao and the North Vietnamese Army.
Why did the Hmong agree to help the Americans in the fight against the communists?
Though the Hmong had no desire to play political roles for other nations, they loved freedom and know that there would be little freedom under Communism. They were threatened by the intrusion of North Vietnamese troops into Laos, so the U.S. then encouraged them to fight and provided training and weapons.
Why did the US government recruit and train the Hmong people to fight in Laos?
When the communist Pathet Lao movement joined the Laotian government, the CIA decided to recruit the Hmong as guerrilla fighters to keep the Pathet Lao from helping their communist allies in the neighboring country of Vietnam. Because Laos was officially a neutral country, the CIA’s proxy war was kept secret.
What did the Hmong do in the secret war?
In 1961, four years before the Vietnam War, the CIA funded a Secret War in Laos. The Hmong became CIA’s surrogate army, fighting and preventing Communism from consuming the country of Laos.
Who helped bring the Hmong to Minnesota?
Minnesota had many active VOLAGS who helped Hmong people when they arrived. The University of Minnesota Agricultural Extension Services and the Lao Family Community established farming programs for Hmong in the early 1980s.