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A former North-Vietnamese soldier
has been reunited with his arm after
more than 40 years.
Nguyen Quang Hung, a Vietcong sol-
dier during the Vietnam war, had his
arm amputated by US army doctor Sam
Axelrad in 1966 after his arm caught
Dr Axelrad kept the bones of the arm
as a reminder of the good deed he had
performed by treating an enemy sol-
He began a quest to track down the
owner of the arm in 2012, meeting Mr
Hung on Monday to return his bones.
"I m very happy to see him again and
have that part of my body back after
nearly half a century," Mr Hung said.
"My arm bone is evidence of my con-
tribution to the war. I will keep it in my
house... in the glass display cabinet," he
said, adding that he hoped the arm
would help him claim a veteran s pen-
sion, as his army files had been lost.
He also plans to be buried with his
The Vietnam war, which ended in
1975, killed an estimated 58,000 US sol-
diers and three million Vietnamese.
War veteran reunited with long-lost arm
TREMAINE SOCA WARNER
W hen primary and secondary
schools close their doors in
early July, many working
parents seek entertainment and supervi-
sion for their children at vacation camps.
With programmes in sport, art, drama,
cooking, etiquette training and more, par-
ents have countless options. But what do
they consider when choosing which camp
experience is best for their children?
For a concerned parent, this list could
include cost, camp history and reputation,
child-to-staff ratio, safety, facilities available
as well as the activities offered.
Last week the T&T Guardian spoke to
manager of programmes at YMCA, Mar-
garet Rigaud about the organisation s 48-
year-old camp programme. Between July
and August, Rigaud said YMCA on Wright-
son Rd accommodates around 300 children
The camp caters for children between
the ages of three and 13 who can be enrolled
for part or all of the two-month period.
The activities offered include recreational
swimming, basketball, football, karate,
dance and hikes among others.
Asked about the certification of the camp
staff, Rigaud said 30 camp counselors
between 16 and 25 years are currently going
through an eight-week training process
before the opening of the camp later this
month. She said these volunteers were all
trained in CPR, first aid, water safety and
conflict resolution. These counselors will
be divided and assigned to different age
groups which include three to six years,
seven to nine years and ten to 13 years.
Though the camp does not run back-
ground checks on camp counselors, Rigaud
says volunteers are asked to provide two
recommendation letters when applying for
"That s why parents gravitate to us
because they know we provide a safe and
secure environment for their kids. During
swimming sessions, we have life guards
on deck at camp counsellors in the water
with the children."
Though the camp runs from 9 am to 3
pm, supervision is provided from 7.30 am
to 5 pm with no additional charge.
"Parents want to know what activities
we offer and who the counselors are. Even
when the camp starts, some parents come
to take a walk around to see what is going
on. So there are concerned parents."
Camp administrator of the Harvard Club
Vacation Sports Camp Kecia Hosein said
parents feel secure sending their children
to its camp since the club is known for its
developmental sports clinics. The camp
offers sessions in football, cricket, rugby,
hockey and table tennis. Hosein said the
camp expects around 75 children each week
at its Tragarete Rd location and parents
can rest comfortably since all the camp
coaches are trained and qualified.
"We use instructors who are actually
national athletes and coaches in their
respective sports. We have no complaints
"They feel comfortable dropping their
kids and leaving because they know our
compound is safe and secure.
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What do parents consider?
, 46, San
I have sent them to
camps but before sending
them I would call the
organisers to find out
more about the camps. I
used to be a YMCA camp
counsellor so I know what
it involves. It all depends
on who is running the
I send my daughter to
religious camps because I
trust that the camp
directors there will teach
her the same values that
I teach her. While she is
at the camp, I would call
now and again to check
in on how she is going.
I have never sent my
child to camps but I am
looking into it. I would
want a camp that allows
my child to socialise and
to play different sports. I
plan to see what they
Well I have never sent
my son to camp. I
probably will some day
but I would have to make
sure that it is safe and I
would have to know who
is in charge.
I have sent my children
to those all-day camps
that are run by the youth
clubs. Because these
camps are church-based,
I felt safe sending them
, 41, San
My kids have gone to
general, inclusive camps
but only those run by
reputable bodies. Before
I sent them, I wanted to
know the background
and the history of the
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