Blood, Sweat and Tears
Ho Chi Minh City Travel Blog› entry 42 of 122 › view all entries
to get up early but failed. Went to the rip off market for a while and decided
not to buy anything. We were walking around and I heard a kiwi accent behind me
that sounded like Scotty (the guy from the dorm in
After that we walked over to the Notre Dame cathedral, which, in a word was rubbish. Not a touch on
Further along were all the photos of Agent Orange victims, which is still an ongoing problem and most of the pictures were from the last 10 years. The Americans dropped dioxin onto the Vietnamese guerrilla's hideouts in the jungle in an attempt to deforest their territory so they could be found. However, it wasn't until later they found out it was harmful to humans and could cause such deformation and disfigurement. This was only because the Americans who sprayed the forest were harmed themselves and only recently the Vietnamese sufferers sued the American companies that made dioxin. One tablespoon can wipe out a city of 6 million. Along the display were photos of people with bad bone structure that caused them to walk on all fours, people with half a face and no eyes, and of course, deformed foetuses that died in the womb- these were real in a glass container.
The next wall had photos of victims of Napalm including the most famous one of Kim Phuc, by Nick Ut. Other photos were of similar stature, including carcasses that had practically turned to ash.
There was a video showing, which if not the same, was more affective than the photos. There was one family with 4 children, of which none had eyes. They weren't just blind, they simply had no eyes. Only the sockets which were undeveloped and left empty. There was also an old man who was feeling responsible for passing down the disease to other generations of his family. There are people living in guilt when they have nothing to be guilty for. Thankfully there are centres for victims of Agent Orange where they can get help and treatment although there is no cure. They were all laying in bed wriggling around but not being able to truly move or truly have freedom, or any chance of 'normal life'. The whole film I was trying to hold back the tears.
Along from this room were loads of drawings by young children of the war, peace, foreigners and unity. All Vietnamese we've met, have no animosity towards the Americans, they're all very forgiving whereas in
Went to see water puppets which were totally worth the 2 quid. It was so cool because there were only 6 people doing all the music and singing/talking and about 8 doing the puppets but they were awesome. Like the puppets moved like real people and squirted water and stuff. When that finished we went to go and meet Scotty who decided to go and get a manicure instead and we only saw him because we walked past. Anyway, they took us to a roof top bar (FP (flashpacker) place) where we had some beers and vodka shots and I ended up spending like 2quid (I don’t know how I'm going to cope back home where that's the cheapest drink itself) And then we took them to our bia hoi place where we saw Hoa from the night before and Tim, Tam and Tom or something. Ordered some beer and Livia dropped hers (drunk). After that we went to some other place that was dead so ended up going to all the biggest hotels and jumping in their swimming pools! Sheraton included (think