Mothers Everywhere ~ Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Dec 22 2001

The vast majority of the Cham minority that live in Vietnam are found in the Mekong delta. Once a great nation that challenged the mighty Khmer empire of Cambodia, the Cham originally made their home in the rich central highlands. Once upon a time, long long ago, the Chams were split between those who remained Hindu and those who converted to Islam. The losers in that war, these Muslim Cham, were banished to the south where they are found today, some of the most impoverished people in the area. As for the Hindus who remained in the highlands, only their monuments remain.

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nigel & julie snow