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     In 2003 Thierry Falise and another journalist were arrested and jailed for five weeks in Laos after completing a reportage in the jungle on a lost ethnic Hmong community waiting for their former American allies from the so-called 1960s "Secret war" to rescue them from communism. The Hmong

tragic saga was one of the very last chapters from Indochina wars.


     The journalists' photographs and films were confiscated by the autorities and were never returned.


     Upon his release Falise painted the confiscated pictures from memory.  They were published by a number of media including The New York Times.

thierry falise

Photo-journalist, author

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