The gates of the Vietnamese refugee camp on Singapore's Hawkins Road while it was still operational and Lea Tran seen during her time there. Photo: Handout
The gates of the Vietnamese refugee camp on Singapore's Hawkins Road while it was still operational and Lea Tran seen during her time there. Photo: Handout
Vietnam

‘Heaven on Earth’: Singapore’s Vietnamese refugee camp at Hawkins Road remembered

  • Between 1978 and 1996, more than 30,000 Vietnamese refugees spent time at a former military barracks in the city state converted into a temporary refuge
  • Access to the area where the camp used to be is now restricted, but former occupants still remember it fondly as a springboard to their new lives overseas

The gates of the Vietnamese refugee camp on Singapore's Hawkins Road while it was still operational and Lea Tran seen during her time there. Photo: Handout
The gates of the Vietnamese refugee camp on Singapore's Hawkins Road while it was still operational and Lea Tran seen during her time there. Photo: Handout
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