Thought for the day

"I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers than it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist.... I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus." -- Prince Philip, in his Forward to "If I Were an Animal" - United Kingdom, Robin Clark Ltd., 1986.

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Her name is Lam Thi Dep (meaning beautiful in Vietnamese), the picture was taken in 1972 in Sok Trang province by Vietnamese journalist Minh Trung. "You can find women like them almost everywhere" during the war, said the photographer. “She was only 24, but had been widowed twice. Both her husbands were soldiers."

 

She is wielding an M-16, the standard-issue American soldier's rifle. Usually, these types of photographs were taken for promotional purposes. North Vietnamese women were deeply involved at all levels of the military campaign throughout the war, fighting against American-led forces in the wild, especially on the trade end.

 

North Vietnamese women were included and fought in the war zone as well as providing manual labor to keep the Ho Chi Minh Trail open, cook food for the soldiers, and some even served as "comfort women" for male communist fighters. worked as.

 

They also worked on rice fields in North Vietnam and in Vietnamese-occupied agricultural areas in the Mekong Delta region of South Vietnam to provide food for their families and the war effort. The women were enlisted in both the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong guerrilla rebel force in South Vietnam.