(20 November) Two Vietnamese-Americans have appealed for information concerning their sister who reportedly went missing in the aftermath of the Vietnam War and is believed to be residing in Thailand.
Yesterday Ms. Famtri Huang Hoa, 55, and Mr. Fong Li, 61 (both names are transcribed from Thai text), met with officials from Ministry of Social Development and Human Security in Songkhla province to request their assistance in locating their sister, Ms. Fam Noch Bichtri (name transcribed from Thai text).
The brother and sister, who hold American citizenship, told the officials they had fled their homecountry in 1981, few years after the Vietnam War came to an end, along with Ms. Fam.
The three boarded a boat with 43 other Vietnamese, Ms. Famtri said, but her sister and two other Vietnamese women were later abducted, while the rest of the refugees safely landed in Malaysia. Ms. Famtri said her family had not heard of Ms. Fam ever since.
However, according to Ms. Famtri, her family has recently been in contact with one of the former abductees who told them Ms. Fam is still alive and possibly living in Songkhla province.
Ms. Fam was 18 year old when she was abducted, Ms. Famtri said, and she is believed to reach the age of 50 by now.
Ms. Famtri added that she has never given up hope on finding her lost sister.
She has also provided the officials with a number of old photographs of Ms. Fam.
Anyone who has the knowledge or possible whereabouts of Ms. Fam is encouraged to either directly inform Mr. Chukiat Suwannarangsi, who is assisting the family of Ms. Famtri and Mr. Fong, via his mobile phone at 081-986-1497, or contact the the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security.
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