During the Vietnamese War thousands of children became orphaned. Left alone in the streets with no hope what so ever of finding a family. The numbers were so high that the U.S president Gerald Ford began an operation named Baby Lift. It was an attempt to move all the Vietnamese children out of Vietnam.
Here is a photo of a U.S marine woman, Ermalinda Salzar, who volunteered to help the orphans in St.Vincent de Paul Orphanage.
In addition in this time period tons of children were born what they called back then, Amerasians, children born half Asian and half White. (Usually Asian mother and White father) Sadly, these children and their mothers were terribly discriminated many harassed and disrespected them. Sometimes even their own families left them on their own due to the overwhelming shame. So, the children were left heart broken almost always there father un-known and motherless. How can a child live through this without suffering from severe depression and low-self esteem? Well, they can't. These poor children were deprived of joy for goodness sake their childhood.
There was also extreme drug abuse by American soldiers. It says that a drug called Amphetamine was used to alert them while on duty, however after the effect of the dose seared away they became un-tolerable. Christian Appy American in Working Class War said" They became edgy and extremely irritable, so much so they felt like shooting "children in the streets" Imagine young children surrounded by soldiers with guns, rifles, ect. immersed in the ambition of drugs. What good can come to them? What good are they learning? These are problems that adults now a days might face and get crumpled down by the anxiety and sadness. So, how can these poor orphaned children deal with this?
Doctor, William E. Owen, plays with Vietnamese children. Most of them are malnourished in this photo as shown by the kid running in front of the doctor.