By Ng Shui Meng
Silencing of a Laotian Son: The Life, Work and Enforced Disappearance of Sombath Somphone is a wife’s sensitive and thoughtful portrayal of a poor village boy’s life journey to improve the lives of rural communities in Laos, and his subsequent enforced disappearance on December 15th, 2012 in front of a police post in Vientiane.
The book describes how Sombath’s ground-breaking and community development work earned him widespread recognition as Laos’ leading development specialist. It also documents the Lao authority’s cynical denial of state involvement in Sombath’s disappearance and his wife Shui Meng’s tireless and agonizing struggle to rally international support to secure Sombath’s safe return.
All proceeds from sale of this book contribute to funds serving Sombath’s enduring legacy in Laos.