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Global Activism: 40 Years After the My Lai Massacre

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Global Activism: 40 Years After the My Lai Massacre

Sign welcoming visitors to the My Lai Peace Park.

This past March marked 40 years since the My Lai Massacre of the Vietnam War.

On March 16th, 1968, the men of Charlie Company of the U.S. 11th Brigade entered the Vietnamese village of My Lai, but Charlie Company's "search and destroy" mission degenerated into the massacre of over 300, apparently unarmed civilians, including women, children, and the elderly.

Word of the massacre didn't reach American shores until November 1969, when journalist Seymour Hersh published a story detailing his conversations with a Vietnam vet who witnesses the atrocities.

Mike Boehm is chair of the My Lai Peace Park Project. He's a Vietnam vet from Madison , Wisconsin and a member of the Quakers of Madison.

I first spoke with Mike five years ago as part of our Global Activism series.

He's been to Vietnam numerous times to work on various humanitarian and reconciliation projects. While there, he organizes micro-loans to Vietnamese women and established a "sister-to-sister" group between Vietnamese and Salvadoran women.

Mike's group envisions the park as, "a place for children to entertain and a place where people can meditate over the past with its suffering and losses and also to hope for a better future."

Mike is currently in Vietnam visiting near My Lai and he told me what the My Lai Peace Park Project does to help victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam

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