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Thursday, 1 May 2008

Thoughts of Vietnam on this May 1st.

Today is May 1st. Where I live in France it is a public holiday. For me though it is a day with other memories. I reproduce here a letter. This first day of May in 1975 set in process a situation which resulted in the events described below. When was that, 33 years ago now?
And what became of you, Hong, during these long years?



Feb. 22, 19..
My very dear Rozier,

For a long time without any messages from me, have you ever thought that H has been done for? Luckily I am still existing in this fugitive life. Please excuse me for not answering your letters. Last year I tried to escape from Vietnam by small boat but unfortunately I was arrested and put in prison.
They kept me there for nearly a year. I have just been set free. What a miserable life it was! A day in gaol is like a century in outer life. I am now in deep depression, so hopeless that I just want to say let it be. One has lost so much!!! Don't you have a share with me???
How are you now? Is there anything happy to tell me? I hope you are always well and happy. Do remember to write me the sooner the better.

Everyours, H

Sept. 21 19..

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Last year I tried to realize my dream: escape from VN by wooden boat to seek for freedom but I did fail and was put in gaol. I know one grows older and more experienced from pain and failure, not from happiness and success. It is why I have tried to be happy and not to give up hope. I must keep on going my way and I must get to my aim. Do you know why? Because I am a Christian. I cannot live harmoniously with the communists. I love peace but I cannot live a peaceful life in a socialist society - full of warlike people. Each one has his own ideal and I have mine. Why am I forced to accept what I cannot accept? To do what I cannot do? Summer, then comes Autumn. Time passes day by day but I still stay here. What for??? Have you ever listened to the BBC or VOA to get information from the boatmen who escaped from VN by small wooden boats to seek for liberty and a bright tomorrow in spite of the rough sea, the pirates etc...

Many of them were killed and raped by Thai pirates. I am not afraid of the death but of the pirates as I am just a girl, completely weak. I want to go yet I feel somewhat hesitating. My Dear at this moment I do need your encouragement.

Here it is very difficult to make a living as the price is stepping up day by day. How unlucky for those who get sick when there is no medicine! One can easily die of a very common disease. I would like to tell you such a difficulty so that you can understand and help me in getting some kinds of medicines, rare and expensive that I am unable to buy.
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Ever yours H

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