Parents take DNA tests to find children lost in war

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Vietnamese people whose children were evacuated on flights by the US in April 1975 when the Vietnam War was coming to an end had samples taken for DNA tests on Monday with hopes to find their kids.


Luyen Quoc Hai, director general of Hanoi-based Bionet Vietnam Biotechnology Joint-stock Company, said the non-profit Operation Reunite will send all the samples of lost children from the US to Vietnam for DNA comparison.


Once there are matches, they will conduct more tests for confirmation, according to Hai.


The Operation Reunite was founded in 2003 by Trista Goldberg, who was also brought out of Vietnam under the US-initiated Operation Babylift and found her birth parents in 2002.


The organization works to build a bank of DNA data of Vietnamese families looking for their lost children and "babylift" babies so they can re-unite.


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