Weekly Photo Challenge – Broken Refugees


The last boats of Vietnamese boat people, Galang Island

The last boats of Vietnamese boat people, Galang Island

This week’s photo challenge is Broken and I select a photo from the past when I visited Galang Refugee Camp which is now only an abandoned deserted memorial place.

This boat was one of the last boats that were stranded in Galang Island around 1980-1990s. It is a symbol of life struggle, when millions of Vietnamese boat people left their land behind and tried to get a better life although having to sail across the South China Sea. They, -men, women, children, old and young- faced a lot of problems, many of the people failed to survive because of the overcrowded boat, storms, starvation, including the pirates on the way to their main destination. And the boat people survivors, thousands of them,  were stranded in Galang Island as refugees and then resettled in other countries from time to time.

Boat of the Vietnamese Boat people in Galang Island

Boat of the Vietnamese Boat people in Galang Island

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