St. Paul delegation reports on Hmong graves in Wat Tham Krabok

A delegation to Thailand sponsored by St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s office reported October 10 on information and promises received in relation to desecration of Hmong graves at Wat Tham Krabok, and indicated that more steps need to be taken. Hmong community members at the meeting said those steps include a formal apology from the Thai government, a guarantee that no future desecration will occur, access to honor the dead who have been cremated, and identification of bodies still held by the Phaowana Songkhroa Foundation in Thailand. Over 50 community members, 20 of whom were family members affected by the desecration of the graves, and elected officials attended the October 10 informational meeting. Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman sent a delegation to Thailand consisting of Senator Mee Moua, Senator Larry Pogemiller, Mayor Coleman’s Policy Advocate Va-Megn Thoj and community advocate Yee Chang to seek answers regarding the exhumation of Hmong graves in the Wat Tham Krabok Temple in Thailand. Continue Reading