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        The Betrayal (Nerakhoon): Human Consequences of U.S. Foreign Policy Decisions

        This lesson plan is designed to be used with the film The Betrayal (Nerakhoon), which tells the story of members of a Laotian family whose father and husband helped the United States wage a so-called "secret war" in Laos during the Vietnam War, only to face imprisonment or execution after the United States withdrew its forces. This family's story represents the experiences of many Laotians and is an excellent case study for showing students how U.S. foreign policy decisions have the potential to impact generations.

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        The Betrayal: U.S. Involvement in Laos

        This first clip associated with The Betrayal lesson plan explains that neutral Laos became the base for a secret U.S. air war in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.

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        The Betrayal: President Kennedy Describes U.S. Role in Laos

        In the second clip associated with The Betrayal lesson plan, President Kennedy talks about the necessity of preserving Laos' neutrality during the Vietnam War and the role the U.S. plays in the country.

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        The Betrayal: President Nixon

        In this clip, Thavi's mother talks about why his father, previously a soldier in the Royal Laos army, joined the Americans. President Richard Nixon explains the vital role that Laos occupies in the Vietnam War.

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        The Betrayal: The U.S. Pulls Out of Laos

        In this clip, the U.S. leaves Laos after withdrawing from Vietnam, leaving behind many Laotians who had helped the Americans, including Thavi's father.

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        The Betrayal: Punished for Helping the Americans

        In this clip, Thavi explains that after the Americans withdrew from Laos, his father, who had helped the Americans, was taken away by the Communists.

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