Blind 'Operation Babylift' Orphan Greets Her New Family

Pictorial Parade1975-03-31

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Blind Vietnamese orphan Le Thanh Phung, 9, hugs her new sister Karen Sharp, 6, upon arriving at Heathrow Airport, London, Great Britain, March 31, 1975. Le Thanh, who was brought from Vietnam to England by the Operation Babylift program, was adopted by blind civil servant John Sharp and his wife Rosina, a teacher for the blind, of Sussex. Operation Babylift was enacted by President Gerald Ford to airlift thousands of orphans out of Vietnam to adoptive households all around the world. (Photo by Pictorial Parade/Getty Images)

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  • Title: Blind 'Operation Babylift' Orphan Greets Her New Family
  • Creator: Pictorial Parade
  • Date Created: 1975-03-31
  • Date Published: 2005-02-25
  • Provenance: Archive Photos
  • Subject Keywords: Blind, Conflict, Coat, Topics, Social Issues, Full Length, Indoors, Black And White, War, Vietnam, Disability, Smiling, Embracing, UK, Sister, Family, Airport, British Culture, Homelessness, Vietnamese Culture, Photograph, Child, London - England, Orphan, Civil Servant, Heathrow Airport, Three People, Females, Emigration and Immigration, Arrival, Airlift, 1970-1979


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