• A Vietnamese orphan tells her tale

    by  • 16/12/2012 • Emma MacKenzie, front page, radio, stories • 0 Comments

    Orphans on an Operation Baby Lift plane

    Operation Baby Lift was a definitive moment of the Vietnam War.

    In 1975, as Saigon was falling and Vietnams fate was becoming clearer US President Ford launched an operation that would see the largest ever exodus of children overseas.

    Starting on 25 April, more than 2000 Vietnamese orphans were put on aircraft with little documentation to an unknown future in the west.

    Cath Turner was one of these babies sent to Australia to begin a new life.


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    Emma MacKenzie


    Emma MacKenzie is currently studying a Bachelors of Journalism/Arts at The University of Queensland majoring in International Relations. She fell in love with Vietnam after volunteering there and recently studied in the United Kingdom. She hopes to pursue her keen interest in feature writing and foreign affairs after she graduates in 2013.

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