Wandering Souls [World Service]

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01- Heart And Soul20110611"War stories of both living and dead in Vietnam, a country crowded with wandering souls

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

Vietnam is over-run with ghosts. To pass onto the next world, you need to die well - in old age, body unblemished, the proper rituals observed. But few of the five million people killed in the Vietnam War were granted such a peaceful ending. They became 'wandering souls' - doomed to eke out an impoverished existence on the edge of the everyday world.

In this two-part series, Cathy FitzGerald travels to Vietnam to hear how survivors of the War - both Vietnamese and American - co-exist with their 'invisible neighbours', the dead.

Episode One
More than 300,000 Vietnamese people are classified as Missing in Action, nearly four decades after what's known in Vietnam as the American War.

Their families still search for remains.

Without a body and a proper burial, neither the dead nor the living can find peace.

Worse, the ghosts are angry. Condemned to wander, they watch as those who survive them reap the benefits of economic reform.

How can they make their voices heard?

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02- Heart And Soul20110618"War stories of the living - and the dead - in Vietnam

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

Vietnam is over-run with ghosts. To pass onto the next world, you need to die well - in old age, body unblemished, the proper rituals observed. But few of the five million people killed in the Vietnam War were granted such a peaceful ending.

They became 'wandering souls' - doomed to eke out an impoverished existence on the edge of the everyday world. In this two-part series, Cathy FitzGerald travels to Vietnam to hear how survivors of the War - both Vietnamese and American - co-exist with their 'invisible neighbours', the dead.

Episode Two
Americans, too, are haunted. Like the Vietnamese, they search for remains and meet dead friends in their dreams.

One veteran returns to show his former enemies where Vietnamese bodies were buried in a mass grave.

Others remember the 'ghost tape' broadcast from helicopters during the war - the otherworldly lament of a dead Vietnamese soldier created by a US psy-ops team to terrify their foe.

Cathy FitzGerald hears the stories of the living - and the dead - in a country crowded with wandering souls.

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