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#TheInspirationTree Five years ago, on 15 Dec, my dear friend, Sombath Somphone, was abducted near the police station close to his house in Vientiane.
I know Sombath since we were in our youth. He often speaks gently but one can easily sense his seriousness in what he said. He is always creative. Sombath would tell us his new idea every time we meet. He is scientific and philosophical at the same time.
When we talk, it's in 3 languages. I would speak Thai and Sombath would reply in Lao. If we find that could not capture the essence of our conversation we would then turn to English. Through these talks he once asked me why he could easily reply in Thai while I could not converse in Lao with him. The question stays with me for a long time.
He also asked why Thais always think that they are elder brother, and Lao people their younger brother. How come not vice versa? He is right in posing this simple question. Why aren't we equal, as friend and neighbour?
His life and works are the true evidences of his love for Laos. I wonder why whoever instigated Sombath's enforced disappearance do not see that he is a compatriot like other Laos citizens?
For our beloved Sombath Somphone and his family, and dearest Shui Meng, who await justice and truth on his disappearance.

Ubonrat Siriyuvasak

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Happy Birthday, Sombath. We miss you.
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#WhereisSombath? In Canberra, members of Amnesty International are asking...
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