Dear Sombath…from Ben Kerkvliet

Dear Sombath,

Greetings to you, Shui Meng, and all of your family.

Thank you for the work you’ve done for people in Laos and the positive example you’ve been for people in many parts of the world, including the Philippines.

I’m currently in the Philippines, spending Christmas with Melinda’s family. Your work and example is known here and has been recognized, such as the Magsaysay award you received a few years ago.

So many of us hope you’ll soon be able to continue your work and continue to be an inspiration to others.

Best wishes


Ben Kerkvliet
Emeritus Professor
Australian National University

Affiliate Graduate Faculty
University of Hawai’i