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Quang Nam war massacre marked

Update: March, 06/2013 - 00:00

A representative from the South Korea's Peace Museum shares her big memories with a Vietnamese witness at the anniversary. —VNA/VNS photo

 

QUANG NAM (VNS)— The massacre by South Korean troops happened on the morning of the 24th day of the first lunar month of 1968. In Ha My village, 135 local people were killed, mostly the elderly, women and children.

Yesterday, the 45th anniversary of the horrific event drew representatives from the Peace Museum of the Republic of Korea and provincial union of friendship organisations, as well as members of relevant ministries and agencies, all of whom joined witnesses and family members of the victims in central Quang Tri Province to share their memories.

"I was barely ten years old at that time. I was peeling pumpkin with my grandfather in our house. I escaped from death because my grandfather took me to hide in a dug-out under the altar," said Nguyen Thanh Nam, whose mother and two younger brothers were killed in the massacre.

Director of the Korean Peace Museum Han Hong Koo said he had no idea about what had really happened for dozens of years.

"Feeling repentant and ashamed, we can only bow our heads to apologise to Viet Nam," he said.

While the pain left by the massacre lingers for those who witnessed it, the anniversary moved the people of Ha My village one step closer to forgiving the Korean troops in the spirit of peace.—VNS

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