Vientiane (pronounced “vyen-TYAHN”)
In area, a little larger than Minnesota.
At 6 am U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 7 pm in Laos.
Hundreds of mystery jars are scattered over the Plain of Jars in Laos. The huge stone containers are hundreds of years old and large enough for a person to stand in. Some scientists believe the jars were part of burial customs of ancient people.
Laos became independent from France in 1953. A communist government took control of Laos in 1975. The communists do not have a history of protecting the human rights of the people. But the leaders have given the citizens more freedom in recent years.
Local officials have tried to make Christians give up their faith in Christ. Sometimes they threaten to kick Christians out of their homes and villages, or point guns at them to make them deny Christ. Some Christians are jailed for their faith.