War veteran returns from the dead, struggles with life

By Pham Nga   January 10, 2020 | 02:55 pm GMT+7 VNExpress

A Vietnamese martyr’s mother prayed for his soul for decades, unaware that he had escaped Pol Pot`s regime and ended up in Thailand.

At one of the family’s recent meals, there are two bowls of fish sauce, besides a plate of steamed vegetables and braised fish.

One bowl of fish sauce is for 84-year-old Trinh Thi Hay and the other, heavy with cut fresh chillies, is for her 60-year-old son Nguyen Van Ke.

Ke’s mother Hay was elated upon her son’s return, but the fact that he’s been living in poverty coupled with illness and loneliness has distressed her.

Ke and his mother, 84. Photo by VnExpress/Pham Nga.

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