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Sunday, 4 November 2007

Family tombs in the countryside. Memories of Vietnam

Somewhere in the Mekong delta in the early 1960s. Probably in the region of Tra Vinh. The war, or perhaps I should say thirty five years of war, interrupted a family's duties to those who had been buried. The Vietnamese always treated deceased family members with the greatest respect.
The problem now is to attach names to the people in old photos. To those who are visiting the two graves in the photos above, and also those occupying them.
The people in these photos are dressed as peasants to fit in more easily with their environment. There was still a relative calm in this area at this time, although the Viet Cong, successors to the Viet Minh, had started to assassinate village headmen. The village of course being the foundation of Vietnamese society.

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