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Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Tay Ninh. Home of the Cao Dai & Nui Ba Den





Photos courtesy of John Hansen
Tay Ninh, 1965

Decca Navigator Systems had a post in Tay Ninh. It was known as Slave Station Red.
The town was known for its Cao Dai temple and Nui Ba Den; the Mountain of the Black Virgin.

It is also referred to in Graham Green’s novel The Quiet American which was one of the first books I read to inform myself about Vietnam.

I also travelled the road by car with Bao once although when working I always flew there. The road was so bad we had to travel there and back mostly in second gear.
The pictures give the image of a more or less peaceful life for these young boys. Indeed they are just about of an age when they might have escaped the conflict altogether but it’s unlikely.

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