16-03-17: Barack Obama pens letter to Lao monk

By Anya Palm

A young Laotian monk – and a big fan of former US President Barack Obama – waited for hours in the hope of catching a glimpse of his idol when Obama visited his country last September.

The then-President had taken another route and the monk never met him. However, the story of the disappointed youngster have since circulated and eventually made its way to the White House. This week, the monk received a special letter: