Tran Hoang remembers that he was only 12 or 13 when the South Korean military came to Vietnam. Today, he is 64 years old. He has lived his entire life in Phu Lac, Tay Son, Binh Dinh.
One day, he was returning with his mother from the market, where they had picked up extra food to feed their family’s pigs. A South Korean soldier confronted them, pulled his mother down, and raped her.
Hoang witnessed the entire assault. He said that he would have liked to intervene to help his mother, but his pronounced physical disability in his leg, prevented him from helping her. He remembers crying because he was not able to help her.
His mother got pregnant from the assault, but passed away shortly after giving birth to a son. Hoang, despite his physical disability, raised his younger brother. Today, Hoang lives with his brother and his brother’s family.
Today, he would like justice for what happened to his mother, and for the hard life he and his brother have led.