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St. Paul Mayor To Send Mission About Hmong Graves

AP, Sep 13, 2007

St. Paul, Minn. (USA) -- St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says he will send a fact-finding delegation to Thailand to explore options for helping families affected by the desecration of more than 900 graves of Hmong refugees in 2005.

<< The mayor's delegation will travel to Thailand Sept. 21-29.

The graves at the Wat Tham Krabok refugee camp were exhumed by workers who can be seen on videotape dismembering remains and removing the bones. The site is a Buddhist monastery, where officials have said the graves were contaminating the water supply.

The mayor's delegation will travel to Thailand Sept. 21-29. It will be led by state Sen. Mee Moua, the first Hmong-American legislator in the U.S.

St. Paul has the highest urban concentration of Hmong in the country.

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