Somewhat smaller than Oregon, Laos is a mountainous
Southeast Asia country ruled by communists. The population of this little
country is about 3 and a half million people.
One of the poorest and most underdeveloped nations of
the world, Laos depends on aid from other countries to import the food and
other goods its people need to survive. Most of the people are rice farmers.
Few can read and write.
Over 80 percent of the country is rugged jungle
terrain. The main river is Mekong River-the system of irrigate.
Now I'd like to tell you about the history of Laos.
First Laotian territory was the seat of the Buddhist kingdom of Lan Xang,
founded in 1353 by King Fa Ngum. Laos was invided by France in 1893 and by
Japanese forces in 1941. During the World War II King Sisavang Vong proclaimed
himself king of all Laos.
A new coalition government under Premier Souvanna
Phouma that included 5 members of the communist Pathet Lao was sworn in on
April 5, 1974.
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