Postcard from... Vietnam

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Rico and his sister on the bridge dividing north and south Vietnam

Eleven-year-old Rico G Baldeo tell us all about his experiences learning about the Vinh Moc tunnels in Vietnam.

The Vinh Moc tunnels are in Quang Tri, Vietnam. These are situated on the boarder of North and South Vietnam, and were built during the Vietnam War which took place from 1955-1975.

I went to these tunnels in October 2018. We stayed in Hue and hired a guide and taxi to take us to the tunnels. The journey was about two hours one way. While we were driving, our local guide explained the details of the Vietnamese War.

Our first stop was the bridge dividing north and south Vietnam, there is still a line across the middle of the  bridge. This bridge is in the middle of the DMZ (demilitarised zone) meaning that during the war no military were allowed within 5km on either side. Sadly this area ended up experiencing the heaviest fighting and bombings.

Next, we went to the Vinh Moc tunnels. These are a series of underground tunnels built by the North Vietnamese people to protect themselves during bomb raids. The tunnels have three layers under ground, the first layer is 12-meters deep, the second is 15-meters deep and the last is 25-meters deep. We walked through the second and the third layer to get a feel of what it was like.

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Time to explore the tunnels

Seventeen babies were born in the tunnels during the war, six are still living in the village today.

Still today up to 1000 people get injured every year from land mines and unexploded bombs from 40 years ago.

I really enjoyed this tour because I learnt so much about the war, the history of Vietnam and what the people suffered.

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