Akarath Soukhaphon is a member of St. Michael Parish in Milwaukee. A doctoral candidate in geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he is currently conducting fieldwork research in Southeast Asia. He is interested in the intersections of hydropower development, international borders, and gender and ethnicity.
Under COVID-19 lockdown, Srs. Sokny Nheb and Hill Pen say they miss their normal ministries — like teaching catechism, holding singing practice, visiting and teaching basic life skills to village children in Stung Treng.
In Laos' bustling capital city, the Sisters of Charity of St. Jeanne-Antide Thouret provide poor young people from across the country with a place of refuge and opportunities to seek a better life.