Hoang Thi Thu:
It was in December of 1969 that my husband went South. I never received any letters from him after he got there. I sent him many letters, but I don't know whether he ever received them either. And then in 1971 suddenly I received an official notice saying that my husband had been killed in that year. I did not get any further detail on him.
I felt really miserable, very angry, and really dumbfounded. I just did not know what to do after hearing of my husband's death. Now, I was really already very angry and frustrated that year when they bombed us. But since after the death of my husband was announced, I have been really out of my mind. I have not been able to concentrate on anything at all.
Sometimes I am just a body without any soul. I cannot hear anything and cannot think about anything at all. I have been out of my mind since 1971 when the village gave me the notice of my husband's death. Sometimes I am just like a crazy person, like a corpse.