One of the ancient world’s greatest tragedies, frozen in time for almost 2500 years, is at last yielding up its long-lost secrets. Archaeologists are gradually unearthing an ancient Greek city – Selinunte in Sicily – whose inhabitants were slaughtered or enslaved by North African invaders in the late 5th century BC. Like an ancient Greek Pompeii, the whole city remained at least partially intact, despite the tragic loss of most of its inhabitants. Excavations are revealing the secrets of Selinunte (University of Bonn) At Pompeii all the houses and other buildings were interred almost instantaneously under volcanic ash – but at Selinunte they were buried more gradually by hundreds of thousands of tons of earth and windblown sand. Archaeological excavations are now revealing how the exact moment that Selinunte ceased to exist as a major living city was preserved in graphic detail. The excavation allows scholars to calculate the exact number of houses in … [Read more...] about Selinunte: Site of ancient massacre yields the secrets of a lost Greek city
The city of lost children
French to Dien Bien Phu, the site of the historic battle Vietnam won on May 7, 1954. After surrendering to Vietnamse revoluntary forces, Gffacle took a job as a railway worker. While repairing track in the Nghe An Province, he met and fell for Hung's mother Tran Thi Lan who had joined a youth volunteer unit providing support in the area. Lan agreed to marry the man at her organization's urging. Gffacle's Vietnamese was bad, but the couple managed to have four children and a nice life. In 1970, he returned home through a program organized for deserters of the French Foreign Legion and their families. As he had a wife and two children in Italy and Italian law did not permit polygamy, Gffacle left without his Vietnamese family. The family was then moved to a camp, which is now the social welfare center of Phu Tho Province, more than 120 kilometers outside Hanoi. Without his father, Hung's mother gave her children her surname. Social prejudice at the time didn't give afford them … [Read more...] about The war of unrootedness
Blind devotion: Dang Thi Hieu, 57, was forced to practically bring up her children alone when her husband returned home from the war blind and partially deaf. — VNS File Photos Dang Thi Hieu has devoted the last 30 years to looking after her blind and partially deaf husband and raising four children. Her only dream in life was to bring happiness to her family. It seems she has got her wish. Thu Trang reports. Dang Thi Hieu, 57, is known by everyone in Dong Than Commune, Yen My District in the northern province of Hung Yen for taking care of her invalid husband for 30 years and raising four children. Thinking back on these difficult days, she does not know how she had so much energy. Perhaps her energy came from the love she had for her husband, Dang Cong Tac. In 1971, when Hieu and her husband had only been married for three months, Tac joined the army and fought in the South. He was stationed in the southern Binh Thuan Province but wrote letters to Hieu regularly. In 1974, Tac … [Read more...] about A loyal wife makes the most of misfortune
German Ph.D holder Jörg Adler, director of the Allwetterzoo Münster Zoo in Germany, has been dedicated to several langur conservation projects in Vietnam since he was young. Germany’s ZDF Television recently screened the documentary "Die Affenfänger von Cat Ba" (The Langurs hunters in Cat Ba), which featured Dr. Adler and the golden-headed langurs he helped rescue. In 1986, Dr. Jörg Adler arrived in Vietnam for the first time together with some animals from the Leipzig Zoo in Germany. He recalled that during the trip, a lion escaped from its cage. While everyone panicked, he took a piece of drugged raw meat and thrown it toward the lion. After eating the meat, the lion gradually lost consciousness and Adler could catch him with ease. During his trips to Vietnam, Dr. Adler would hand gifts from home to the zoo staff and visitors, his friends, especially the children in kindergartens. He also taught to staff members from the zoos in Ho Chi Minh City and … [Read more...] about The savior of Vietnamese langurs
That so few men made it to this refuge shows how dimly aware they were of the threat posed by Typhoon Haiyan, which crashed into the central Philippines on Friday with some of the strongest winds ever recorded. Many men stayed at their homes to guard against looters. Poorly enforced evacuations compounded the problem. And the bodies illustrate another, more troubling truth: the evacuation center itself became a death trap, as many of those huddling in the basement perished in a tsunami-like swirl of water. Those with the foresight to evacuate flimsy homes along the coast gathered in concrete structures not strong enough to withstand the six-meter (20-ft) storm surges that swept through Tacloban, capital of the worst-hit Leyte province. The aid, when it came, was slow. Foreign aid agencies said relief resources were stretched thin after a big earthquake in central Bohol province last month and displacement caused by fighting with rebels in the country's south, complicating efforts … [Read more...] about Monster typhoon exposes an ill-prepared Philippines Dead bodies clog the basement of the Tacloban City Convention Centre. The dazed evacuees in its sports hall are mostly women and children. The men are missing.