September 9, 2011
Every day, as the guards marched Thanh Dac Nguyen into the jungle for another shift of backbreaking labor, he tossed a pebble on the lump of red earth where his closest friend was buried. It was the only way he knew to mark the site so he could one day keep his promise.
"Re-education camps are certainly a very sensitive issue in Vietnam, but everyone already knows that the camps existed and that people died in them," said Stephen Maxner, director of the Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech University. "That cat is out of the bag."