Quảng Bình resident finds 200 skulls in garden


Update: May, 28/2017 – 20:40

A digger and human bones found in Quảng Bình’s garden. Photo tienphong.vn

QUẢNG BÌNH — A resident of central Quảng Bình Province has discovered thousands of human bone pieces that are believed to be of the victims of massacres by the French colonists.  The resident was digging the ground for building a home foundation.

Dương Văn Phong, a resident of Ba Đồn District’s Quảng Thọ Ward, said he started digging the soil on May 19 and kept finding human bones underground since then. He tracked the bones, dug around his garden and found a total of 200 sets of human bodies by May 28.

Phong’s digging has continued since.

Phong said the bones were broken and in a mess; the pieces of a single body were hardly identifiable. He counted the skulls to determine the number of human bodies.

Phong collected the bones and took them to be reburied in a local cemetery. At the same time, he took samples and sent them to Hà Nội to be tested for DNA.

The bones were discovered at five sites in the garden. The elderly in the locality believed that the bones belonged to the revolutionists of the Cần Vương Movement against the French colonists.

The movement was an insurgency by the Vietnamese, led by the emperor Hàm Nghi, between 1885 and 1889 against French colonialism. The movement was raided by the French, and many revolutionists were killed either in Quảng Bình or Quảng Trị.

Local authorities have yet to comment on the information. — VN

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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