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Dispatches Jul 24, 2018

The Hidden Graves of Kuku Island

Carina Hoang grew up in a wealthy family in Vietnam. She had a nanny to take care of her and a maid who cleaned up after her—she didn’t even wash her own hair. But when the Vietnam War broke out, she and two siblings fled the country on a boat, landing on the beach of Kuku, in Indonesia. It was supposed to be a refugee camp, but it was actually a deserted island. No food, water, buildings, people, or tools. Just sand and jungle. Produced in collaboration with Snap Judgment, with funding from the International Women’s Media Foundation, this is a story about Carina’s decades-long struggle to leave Kuku Island behind.

The Hidden Graves of Kuku Island Podcast