Saigoneer

Back Arts & Culture » Culture » [Photos] Life in a Saigon Cemetery

[Photos] Life in a Saigon Cemetery

When her youngest son was six months old, Kieu Thi Anh Lien's husband disappeared. They were never officially married but the couple had lived together for years, until one day the father of Lien's three children went home early from work. By the time she returned to their house, he was gone.

After her husband disappeared, Lien took her children to Tay Ninh for a time to work as a day laborer before moving to Saigon, reports Zing. When she arrived in the southern hub without work or a home, Lien found space to sleep in the cemetery and has lived there for the past six years.

Local residents helped to set the family up with a small shack on the property, and Lien now cares for the graves in the cemetery in addition to doing a few other odd jobs. Her youngest son, 7, and her eldest, 18, both attend school, while Lien's middle child dropped out to learn a trade.

While life is not easy for the family, Lien is adamant that her children attend school in order to find their way out of poverty.

The photos below show what life is like for Lien and her children in the adopted home:

 

[Photos via Zing]


Related Articles:

[Photos] Photographer Captures Slum Life on the Banks of Hanoi’s Red River

[Photos] Meet the Families Who Live in Bangkok's Airplane Graveyard


Related Articles

in Culture

10 Incredible Photos Of Life On Hanoi's Train Tracks

Traffic in Vietnam is crazy but the train tracks that skirt through Hanoi’s residential areas reach levels of insanity.

in Culture

10 Photos Of The Amazing Vietnamese Spider-Men

While some Vietnamese cities have begun to move their tangled nests of electricity wires underground, they are still a ubiquitous feature of many urban neighborhoods.

in Culture

12 Of Saigon’s Best Parks And Open Spaces – Part 1

Though Saigon has lost quite a bit of its verdant luster over the years, there are still patches of green throughout the city that are worth checking out. Vietnam Coracle has made a handy guide to som...

in Culture

12 Of Saigon’s Best Parks And Open Spaces – Part 2

Though Saigon has lost quite a bit of its verdant luster over the years, there are still patches of green throughout the city that are worth checking out.Vietnam Coraclehas made a handy guide to some ...

in Culture

14 Incredible Satellite Photos Of Vietnam

There are plenty of hi-tech ways to show Vietnam’s beauty – time lapses and drone panoramas to name a few. But a less common vantage point is from above. Way above.

in Culture

15 Amazing Moments Captured On Vietnam’s Streets

In Vietnamese cities, streets are where life happens. With few parks available to the country’s urban masses, they serve as everything from entertainment venues to wedding halls to restaurants. They a...