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Four men been found guilty of their involvement in a people smuggling ring, which contributed to the deaths of 39 Vietnamese men, women and children in October last year.
Three of the victims’ families have spoken of their grief and their ongoing prayers for their loved ones. The sister of 22-year-old Dang Huu Tuyen paid tribute to her “angel” of a brother, saying he was a “gentle, loving and dedicated Catholic”.
The parents of 15-year-old Nguyen Huy Hung, one of the two youngest people onboard, recalled their son’s love of football and how “peaceful and smart” he was, as well as his drive to do well at school.
This tragic poem, ‘Beloved mommy!’, was crafted by the young son of Phan Thi Thanh. She was 41 years old and came from the Hai Phong province.
The two beloved sounds
They’re amazingly sweet
Since I was born
That mommy’s form
Always by my side
Always guiding me the way
O time, please stop dripping away
Please slow down
So mommy’s always sound
And loving me
For the people who still have a mommy
Please don’t make her cry
Please love her, and be kind
It’s our mommy, my friend!
O my mommy
Love you, O how much I love you
Love you with all my heart
Love you with all my soul.
I love you mommy!
Our thoughts are with all of those suffering a sad loss.
Images: Phan Thi Thanh/Essex Police.