Vietnam Humanitarian Media trip by maggie soladay

Only 5 months till SalaamGarage takes on another great cause. On January 11, 2010 SalaamGarage’s Vietnam team and Peacetrees Vietnam NGO will be eating pho and bun in cafe in Hanoi. We’ll be sharing photography experiences with Jennifer Le, a talented Hanoi based social documentary photographer, and other media creators. After a day of sightseeing and adjusting to the new time zone we’ll be off on our journey to central Vietnam.

LocationVietnamQuangTriQuang Tri Provence in Vietnam was the most heavily bombed region the world has ever seen. Quang Tri City was the center of the Tet Offensive battleground in 1968. From 1968 through 1975 many other battles, offensives, and counter-offensives occurred here. It was the northern most province in South Vietnam till the Northern Vietnamese Viet Cong established strict rule and collective farms. Today the region is still recovering. Peacetrees Vietnam has been working in the region for 14 years and celebrates its 15th anniversary this coming year. It’s mission; to rebuild the towns and villages, revive the forest, clear landmines and unexploded ordinance, and provide assistance to survivors and families affected by the legacy of war.

Our group is the first team of journalists to be granted permission to enter the region and report on the work of Peactrees Vietnam and the people they have helped. We will meet victims and their families, visit farms, schools, and community centers, from in the jungle to coastal fishing towns in Khe Sanh, Dong Ha and Axing to Hue. Our team will meet distinct ethnic groups and experience their culture. We’ll build stories of their survival and renewal.

-Maggie Soladay

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