My name is Emilie and I have joined the Viet Cong because they have offered to give me land that I can grow my crops on instead of paying these landlords my life’s earnings just so I could live there.
Diem has treated me in a way that I would not wish upon any person. we have been left landless and starving in a place that we call our own. putting us in strategic hamlets and claiming to be “protecting us” from the "evil communists” but because of this i was left feeling like a prisoner in what should have be protecting me.
Diem has not looked after us well. he claims to have been protecting us during his time of being in power.
He has been an unfair ruler, spending the American money on mostly dance halls and movie theatres rather than hospitals and helping us peasants with what we need most. Helping the peasants may have the rich rethinking about who they may have voted for but it is us peasants who make up most of Vietnam’s population so he may have had a chance of winning the vote anyway.
He has been eliminating his opponents in the most brutal ways possible. For example: One of the leading Hoa Hao members was publicly guillotined. These actions were most likely committed to try and win our respect by injecting fear of what he could do to us if we decide to oppose him.
He has put his family in charge of our country and taking away all of our rights by putting us in fortified hamlets saying that he is protecting us from communism, but instead it slowly has us turning to communism because we believe that it can and will offer us the best solution to our problems
I have joined the Viet Cong because i have watched my brothers, my sisters and my comrades being taken from their homes, and their families and being imprisoned or killed because someone had suspected that they were communists.
the Viet Cong have offered me a solution to my problems by promising me land that i could live and harvest on without having to pay anything, they have offered me a way out of the life i was living and offered me a better one where i am to be looked after and cared for
I have chosen to join the Viet Cong in hopes that I will one again be able to live in a country where I won’t have to constantly wonder when i may have my next meal.
So join the Viet Cong and become part of the line-up that has high hopes for a better and United Vietnam.
I hope that Vietnam will once again become a united country where we can all live as one. In the north people are happy because they do not have to worry about paying landlords large sums of money to just live on the land, and they don't have to worry about having enough money to pay for their next meal.
In the north the government looks after the people and they make sure that they have everything that they need to be able to live comfortably.
Ho Chi Minh has these amazing visions of a united Vietnam where everyone can live in peace and not have to worry about the basic needs that they don't have, as well as a Vietnam that is run by the Vietnamese and free from all colonial powers.