The true essence of this amazing country Vietnam: is its people and their extraordinary acceptance of life and its inherent difficulties....
The people of Vietnam have suffered war and terrible hardships.'The Children's Sorrow'illustrates the peoples'resilence; a powerful tool and helps them overcome the lose of family.In the provinces the starving villagers are drive to desparation; they agree to sell their young people into a life of manual labour or prostitution. The elders grieve for their lost children, but accept that their harsh decisions, will protect the ones left behind.
In Tu Lein orphanage, tiny infants lie waiting for their adoption.The smaller children are harvested by mercenaries from the ethnic Thais villages; deep in the mountain strongholds.For a bag of rice, the village elders will sell their 'fair-skinned' babies to the hightest bidder. The young women weep as their babies are taken from them. The children will be sold to foriengers in distant cities. To live a life far from their culture and extended families.
Maggie, Genevieve, Carol are expiates living in Hanoi, Vietnam. The International women's club charity committee, seeks out special projects to support in the nearby provinces. They link with UNICEF to provide a 'Clean water project' in Ninh Binh and other provincial areas. But, the children at Tu Lein orphanage becomes their special project;to protect the children from forced adoption. These dedicated women must work within the legal boundaries impossed by the Vietnam regime. But through hard work, small miracles happen and the smiles on childrens faces brightens their day...
I thought that after my daughter had worked for six months in a brothel, I would bring her back to her family in Vietnam. I was so afraid that she would get ill. I cried alot because I pitied her.