The journey back to Son My in Quang Ngai province to entertain the souls of the civilians massacred by the US Army in 1968 with his violin’s sounds of apology marked a turning point in Roy Mike Boehm’s life. The trip has also bound this US veteran with people in Quang Ngai in particular and Vietnam in general for the past 15 years now. Seasonal rains make the road to Nuoc La village, in Ba To mountainous district, Quang Ngai province, slippery and muddy. Despite that fact, Roy Mike Boehm still pushed himself ahead to be on time for a ceremony to hand over a house to the family of Pham Van Thi, a victim of Agent Orange/Dioxin. The house was built with donations from US veterans who were mobilised by Roy Mike Boehm himself and Madison Quakers, Inc. Thi’s mother embraced Mike as he reached the lane to her new house. Tears welled up in her eyes and she could not utter a word. For nearly 25 years, her son, an Agent Orange/Dioxin victim, has had to struggle with pains on the floor and now he can live in a fresh-painted house. The mother of H’Re ethnic minority said…
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