NewsVietnam Veteran Discusses Current Peace and Reconciliation Projects in Vietnam
The Asia Project at Marlboro College presents Mike Boehm of Madison Quakers, Inc., with a slide presentation and discussion of a series of current peace and reconciliation projects in Vietnam. The event will be at the Appletree Building, Marlboro College on Thursday, November 3 at 5:00 p.m.
Vietnam veteran Mike Boehm has been working in My Lai and elsewhere in Vietnam since 1992. Boehm has traveled to Vietnam 14 times since then to facilitate these projects. A veteran who served in Cu Chi, Vietnam working in Operations from 1968 to 1969, Boehm first returned to Vietnam in 1992 to help build a medical clinic. While there he began to come to terms with his own experiences there and to understand the tremendous capacity of people-to-people projects for building peace and reconciliation between our two societies.
Boehm's work in Vietnam has included providing loans to over 3,000 women in 16 different villages including My Lai, building on the Grameen Bank model of micro credit. In addition he has helped facilitate the construction of new primary schools in My Lai, two Peace Parks, the Vietnamese-American Peace Park north of Hanoi and the My Lai Peace Park, and he has helped facilitate the exchange of art work between the children of My Lai and Madison, Wisconsin. Boehm’s work on the project is the subject of an award-winning documentary, The Sound of the Violin in My Lai, by Vietnamese director Tran Van Thuy.
Madison Quakers, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation created to support this work in Vietnam. In the last 10 years, the Madison Quakers have raised more than $500,000 to further this work. In addition to the projects mentioned above funded by Madison Quakers, Inc. is the Sisters Meeting Sisters project. This project will bring together the women of Vietnam and El Salvador to share their experiences of rebuilding their lives, families and communities after war.
For more information on the work of the Madison Quakers, Inc., a copy of their newsletter 'Winds of Peace' or to send a contribution to help support this work, please visit the web site www.mylaipeacepark.org or write Mike Boehm, 2312 E. Johnson St., Madison, WI 53704.