Aid Worker disappears in Laos

Posted on January 14, 2013 • Filed under: Asia, Expatriates, Tourist Warning, Travel News

The work of Sombath Somphone is well-known across southeast Asia, but his disappearance in Laos on December 15 is a mystery. It was Sombath’s development work and help to poor farmers that won him one of Asia’s most prestigious civil service awards. Laos authorities told Sombath’s wife that they don’t have him; they say he might have been kidnapped for personal or business conflicts and an investigation is underway. Al Jazeera’s Scott Heidler reports from Bangkok.

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