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From 1955 to 1975 at the height of the Cold War a military conflictbetween Communists and Anti-Communists occurred The Vietnam Warescalated dramatically when American soldiers became involved in theconflict 11465 of those killed during the Vietnam War were youngerthan 21 USwings During the Vietnam War Vietnamese and Amerasianchildrens stability innocence and futures were taken away from themVietnamese childrens stability was taken from them them as they wereseparated from their families and treated without respect during thechaos of the Vietnam War Vietnamese children were displaced whenAmerican soldiers took over their land to make bases Ryan This is oneexample of the reason thousands of Vietnamese children were orphanedAmericans did not pay attention to keeping families together so manychildren were separated from their families Children were often forcedto learn to live in the streets or die To fix the problem PresidentFord proposed the Operation Babylift plan a plan to air lift orphansout of Vietnam This plan however did more harm than good Whiletrying to save children a significant amount were killed The firstflight crashed killing 144 people mostly children To make mattersworse Operation Babylift continued for an additional three weeks afterthe crash Orphans were treated very poorly and they were not used tothe commotion they were experiencing making their lives unstable Theywere without a parents love Amerasians the products of Americansoldiers and the Vietnamese were treated as poorly if not worse thanVietnamese children Some Amerasians were discarded in trash cansSmithsonian Adding to their instability communists shut down manyorphanages and Amerasians and other children were sent off to work farmsand re-education camps American soldiers had more important things toworry about during this time which caused the stability of Vietnamesechildrens lives to be taken away The innocence of the Vietnamese children was taken away from themduring the Vietnam War In some cases Vietnamese girls were forced intoprostitution at a very young age Le Ly Hayslip a child during theVietnam War who was forced into prostitution said We were born to
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