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A Story of Deception



Left is Miss Dung and right is a lady we met in My Tho.

We were on a one day tour to the Mekong Delta. Tom and I were having a Coke on the Dock in My Tho. My tour guide, translator and friend, Miss Dung (pronounced Yung) was wandering around talking to local people. She met this woman and they talked for a while. I noticed a change in Miss Dung's demeanor and asked her what was wrong. She said that the lady told her that at the end of the American War, Which we call the Vietnam War, this lady was approached by Americans who convinced her to send her young daughter to the US where she would be safe until after the "retribution" of the North Vietnamese was over. The lady said that she never heard from her daughter and assumes that her daughter does not wish to know her. I know that many children who were brought here were told to forget their families and culture. One last betrayal in a decade of betrayals.

During "Operation Baby Lift" a plane filled with babies and children went down just after leaving Tan Son Nhut. Standing in a field of aircraft debris, dead and dying infants and children, a Vietnamese officer was quoted as saying "Some of your souvenirs have broken". In war children suffer and die. That should be all the reason we need not to engage in one.

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