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KC Ortiz Documents secret army still fighting Vietnam war

Juxtapoz // Friday, 26 Feb 2010

“These are the remnants of the Royal Laos Army, hired by the Americans to disrupt Ho Chi Minh supply lines during the Vietnam War,” reports William Lloyd George for The Independent. “Although Laos had been declared neutral, Vietnamese troops were operating there and the CIA saw it as another front against the spread of communism.


“For the rest of the world, the capture of Saigon – now Ho Chi Minh City – by North Vietnamese troops in 1975 marked the end of the Vietnam War, but for the Hmong, it was just the beginning. When the communist regime, the Pathet Lao took power it announced it would wipe out all Hmong from Laos. Since then the Hmong have been hiding in the depths of the jungle completely cut off from the outside world.”


KC Ortiz’s images transport viewers into another place and time entirely. Read the full article on Laotian militants here and view more Ortiz’s images online at








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