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Carina: The Gift I Will Never Forget

Woven Threads: Stories from Afar

It's 1979 Vietnam: post-Vietnam war, but at war with Cambodia, husband in re-education camp, and children teenagers; what can you do to save them? Send them to America. Easier said than done; but Carina’s mother takes the risk. She secures a place for her three young children on a people smuggler’s boat, and sixteen-year-old Carina, being the eldest, is charged with securing the safety of her siblings. After avoiding pirates and surviving an attack from the Malaysian authorities, Carina and her boatload of people arrive in Indonesian waters only to be dumped on an uninhabited island, without any supplies or facilities. Initially there were four hundred refugees but by the time they are discovered by UNHCR their numbers had swelled to one thousand. Carina’s story of courage, kindness, perseverance and teenage self-consciousness illustrates just how similar we all are; and, no matter how dark the times may seem the smallest acts of generosity are enough to keep our faith in the universality of love.

Rating: G
Production Year: 2018
Duration: 4 min
Series: Woven Threads: Stories from Afar

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