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Posts Written by 'Ingrid Suter'
Ingrid Suter
| Posted on
27 February 2015
Ken and Nee, Done Keo Villlagers, are waiting their turns to collect water. (Photo: Dr. Ingrid Suter/IUCN Lao PDR)

Noticing that I was alone, two women shyly approached me with tentative smiles. I’d seen them earlier that day supervising young children in what turned out to be a makeshift kindergarten. This is how I met 20 year old Ken and 18 year old Nee, although Nee was unsure of her exact age or even her last name. Such is life in the remote village of Ban Done Keo in Khammoun Province of the Lao People’s Democratic Republics (Lao PDR).