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Rice drop procedures
(1964-1972)

Rice drops per Judy Porter,   pp. [19]-[30]


Page [19]

Originally Written in 1974
©Judy Porter 1974
PAPPA HOTEL MIKE TO DROP ZONE ECHO AT LIMA SITE 353
by
Judy Porter
Translation: 8,959 refugees at Ban Pak Ke, in north central Laos, will receive rice
from the sky, compliments of the United States Agency for International Development. The
end of an era is approaching but it is not quite at hand. For thousands of Laotians and ethnic
Hill Tribes people who have been forced to move, time and time again, because of the war, to
barren land or land insufficient to support the population; rice from the sky has been the
sustaining factor in their rejection of communism.
As of November of 1973, when the first good crop in many seasons was harvested, a
substantial percentage of refugees throughout this war torn country became self-sufficient and
refugee rolls were reduced considerably. There remain, however, those who fled the intense
fighting just prior to the February 1973, cease-fire and the thousands that are crammed into a
relatively small area northeast of Vang Viang in the north central part of the country.
The process begins in the Office of Refugee and Rural Affairs at USAID headquarters
in Vientiane, Laos. In an office shared with five others, Mac Thompson peers over the top of


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