Thanks for reading Kiwi In Saigon
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
The Vietnam War which was commonly known by the Vietnamese as the “American War” was still raging and by the end of April 1975. Saigon the Capital of the South had fallen….
Before the fall of Saigon on April 30th 1975
I had been born in the rural area South of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) around the Mekong Delta, Vinh Long Province.
No one really knew the real birth dates of the current now Vietnamese Adoptees. So we were all given a made up birth certificates with approximate birthdays to how we looked at the time. For me I was only around 3-4 month old so I was stamped November 1974 as my official documented certification.
At the same time we were also given names. I was given the Vietnamese name of Quoc-Linh Ho. I was later told that I was named after some Vietnamese singer. No connection or relation of course. But all Vietnamese Orphans were given a name of some sort to be included in our paper work in which had to be legally documented for the safe travel out of Vietnam before the fall of Saigon.
Its been Over 20 years coming back and forth to Vietnam every year visiting throughout Vietnam as an ex-pat “Tourist”.
In August 2017 I returned again. But this time without a return ticket….
This is when my journey begins….
I Am Interviewed By Radio & Television
“Forty years on from an operation that took thousands of orphans out of war-torn Vietnam, a New Zealand man is one of many using DNA technology to find out more about his past.”
Search for family forty years on
Refugee response puts New Zealand to shame, says expat
Syrian Refugees Arrive in Munich, Germany
A New Zealander living in Germany says the welcome Syrian refugees received this weekend is “the best humanity can offer”.
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