I was inspired to write this story after watching the news about children being separated from their parents by our new Immigration policy. They must feel extremely scared and sad to be taken away from their families and kept in secret places around America. They do not know the language, the culture, or anyone in the foreign land to make them feel safe and at peace. We were told only one little girl was able to memorize her aunt’s phone number in America and find some comfort and hope in being united with her family. The rest of the children who were caught in this barbaric Immigration policy was at the mercy of our American government. Their fate of being reunited with their families remains uncertain.
This unfortunate news also touches my own nerves. Thirty years ago I sought asylum as a victim of the Viet Nam War after sneaking out of the Communist-controlled country by boat. I had to face lots of danger including prison, hunger, thirst, ocean, sharks, pirates, cannibalism, and so on. Fortunately, I was rescued and brought to a refugee camp in Singapore. However, I was a minor—only fifteen years old — and without any adult with me. I was kept in an orphanage place at the camp. I still remember dearly how I felt when I was led to that place. I was scared, anxious, sad, lonely, lost, and uncertain about my future. I did not know the language or anyone in Singapore to contact and find peace. I thought I would never see my family again. I simply put my fate in God’s hand and hope for the best. Thankfully, I got the address of my father who was already in America and, after a few weeks of writing letters to him, was able to make contact with him. He was able to complete paperwork and sponsor me to come to America.
I know exactly how the children who were caught in our recent Immigration mayhem feel and can relate to them and their families. I was one of them, but was blessed to be united with my father and allowed to come to America. I pray that this story brings peace, comfort, and hope to our children no matter what situation they might be in. I also want it to teach them good values and encourage them to unite and stand up against evil and greed in the world. I hope it helps them leam to fight evil with good, meanness with kindness, greed with generosity. For they are the light and future of the world. I want to dedicate this story book to the poor and disadvantaged children around the world, especially the ones who were caught in the 2018 Immigration mayhem in the southern border of America.
Fr. Peter G. Vu
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