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

Topic |   Vietnam
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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