Saigon to Belfast – and Back – With Love #WATWB

The story I’m linking to today first appeared in January although I only came across it via a segment on the BBC’s One Show on Wednesday.

In 1975, as the Vietnam war was drawing to a chaotic close, a young Vietnamese woman became ill. She placed her infant son in the care of an orphanage whist she was hospitalised for treatment. Soon afterwards American soldiers removed the children from the orphanage for protection in the face of rapidly advancing Viet Cong troops.

Subsequently American planes evacuated a large number of orphan children to the USA. Not to be out done a British newspaper chartered an aircraft to bring 100 Vietnamese orphans to the UK. Among them was the sick woman’s child. After spending some time in an orphanage in the south of England the boy was adopted by a family from Northern Ireland where he grew up alongside their own son.

In adulthood, although he loved his adopted family, he could not help wondering about his biological parents. Last year he found, through the internet, a woman who believed she was his mother. The two agreed to take a DNA test which proved that she was, indeed, his mother. He traveled to Vietnam where the pair were re-united and she explained the circumstances of his apparent abandonment.

The story does not end there, however, because the man has met a young Vietnamese business woman whom he intends to marry and has set up a charity to help young Vietnamese orphans to develop their talents.

The story appeared in several British newspapers as well as the televised report on the BBC. The version I’m linking to is from the Belfast Telegraph.

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4 thoughts on “Saigon to Belfast – and Back – With Love #WATWB

    1. Indeed not! You may not be old enough to remember the aftermath of the Vietnam war in the mid-1970s. The news then, as now, was filled with stories about ‘boat people’ escaping in assorted un-seaworthy vessels. The level of sympathy for people escaping communism then was greater than that today for people escaping war zones fueled by religious bigotry. I suppose it also has to be said that the exploitation and trafficking that accompanies today’s refugee crisis was less well documented then although I have no doubt it existed.

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