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The Children from Vietnam

Production year: 2013 | 1*58 | Genres: History
The Children from Vietnam
Origin country: Norway
Production company: NRK Norsk Rikskringkasting AS
Original title: Vietnambarna
Original language: Norwegian
Formats: HD

In the autumn of 1968 a plane landed at Oslo’s Fornebu Airport with a very special cargo on board: 69 small children. Some injured, others orphaned, all were innocent victims of the Vietnam War.

They had been brought to Norway by a group of dedicated anti-Communist politicians in their twenties, all of whom were deeply concerned about the war then raging in Vietnam. On a tour of the south, and after seeing for themselves the plight of youngsters in the war-torn nation’s orphanages and children’s homes, they determined to do what they could to alleviate the children’s sufferings. Despite their lack of experience, they set out to find Norwegian couples prepared to adopt some of these unfortunate youngsters. Theirs was a new kind of emergency relief, one unparalleled in the history of Norway.

In their new homeland, the children, who had long been deprived of love and human contact, were taken in by Norwegian couples willing to help. They grew up in a social democracy, with all that meant in terms of a new life, a new identity and the prospect of a brighter future.

It is now almost fifty years since the children first set foot on Norwegian soil. This is their story. Today they are all grown up, and fortunately the majority have made a success of their lives. Now they are set to return to Vietnam. Some are looking forward to their first glimpse of the land of their birth, a land of which they have no recollection; others are anxious about how they will react. Regardless of the outcome, for all of them, going back is sure to be a memorable experience.

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