Kayeng Yang Update: Clearing the Way to Safer Grounds

Written by Dori Shimoda

Give Children A Choice's UXO victim advocacy paid off.  After a few email exchanges with MAG USA and MAG Lao, a visit to MAG Laos office in Vientiane late last year, MAG Lao agreed to help.  

MAG Lao sent their UXO team to the Yang’s half-acre property and found 11 UXO, including four BLU26s.  The BLU26 bombie is the most common UXO of the 80 million, left in Lao by the US over 40 years ago.  It was the bombie that blinded Kayeng.   

Kayeng Yang Update - Return Home from Bangkok

 Written by Dori Shimoda


Neither Vakoung nor Kayeng have ever been away from home for so long.  As part of preparing the rice fields, tending and harvesting it, Vakoung may be gone for 3 to 4 days at most.  His rice field is located in the next district about 20 kilometers away from his home. 

Kayeng Yang Update - Angels Have Names

Written by Dori Shimoda

Angels Have Names

Bumrungrad International Hospital is a high-quality, international-standard modern medical facility that has served over a million patients from 190 countries around the world.  The hospital has a lobby that looks like a five-star hotel.  Most important is the hospital’s personal mission to deliver high-quality service and patient care.  The meaning of the word Bumrungrad is “care for the people”.

Kayeng Yang Update - I Am Seven Houses Above the Ground

Written by Dori and Barbara Shimoda


Thongchanh was translating  Vakoung’s conversation with his wife and parents.  He calls his wife and parents everyday.  Kayeng had a big smile on his face, hearing Mommy’s voice.  He asks for Mommy, when he talks in his sleep. 


Kayeng Yang Update - No Pee Bottle for Me

Written by Dori and Barbara Shimoda


It was 2 am Wednesday morning (February 6th).  Still groggy from the general anesthesia, Kayeng arrived at his hospital room.  The next few hours were taxing for Kayeng, Papa Vakoung and Thongchanh.  They had already been up since 4 am Tuesday morning.  While not family, Thongchanh stayed in the room to translate for Vakoung.  He translated from Thai to Lao.  Vakoung, in turn, translated from Lao to Hmong to Kayeng.

Kayeng Yang Update - Shrapnel That Blasted Kayeng’s Face Was Huge!

Written by Dori and Barbara Shimoda.

The Shrapnel That Blasted Kayeng’s Face Was Huge!!!


The Countdown to Surgery