(Sarah Costa’s article appeared on Huffington Post, 5/9.)
Twenty-five years ago, a small group of women traveled from the United States to Hong Kong to bear witness to atrocities occurring in "closed camps" that were holding refugees who had fled Vietnam.
Actress and director Liv Ullmann was a member of the group. She recalls "barbed wired cities, thousands upon thousands of terrified people…. men, women and children crammed on top of each other, stacked together on shelves often three levels high. Like spoons in a drawer."
Shocked at the barbaric treatment of the refugees – 80% of whom were women and children – these dynamic women brought the situation to the world's attention and returned to the United States with a clear demand: that the humanitarian community listen to, and truly address the needs of, refugee women and children.
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