Full frame: The Hmong rebels

Full Frame features photo essays and conversations with photographers.

In the early 1960s, the CIA recruited the Hmong people of Laos to fight the communist forces during the Vietnam War. It was known as “The Secret War.”

The Hmong are considered some of the world’s best guerilla fighters, and they helped counterattack the communists on America’s behalf. In 1975, the United States withdrew from the region, leaving the Hmong behind in communist-controlled territory.


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