Child Casualties of The Vietnam War.

Child Casualties of The Vietnam War.

The above photo shows an infant sleeping in a box on the streets of Saigon, with its (not much) older brother sleeping on the pavement next to it, their fingers just touching, for security and comfort, on the box’s rim. An empty begging bowl lies nearby.

The below AP photograph shows a Vietnamese child and her mother waiting for medical attention in a trench, having been injured in a Viet Cong attack on a hill near Danang, South Vietnam.

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Over 6.6 million civilians were displaced in South Vietnam alone during the Vietnam War, and it has been estimated that over one million children were casualties of war in both North and South Vietnam, by the time the fighting was over in 1975.

In Saigon alone, 70,000 children were left orphaned.

For a modern-day take on the Vietnam War and Adventure Backpacking into the jungles of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, see:

For POWs left behind in Laos, see also:

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