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Ex-refugee's story an inspiration

I thank The Sunday Times for the inspiring and touching story of Ms Yen Siow ("36 years on, ex-refugee meets one of her rescuers"; last Sunday).

The act of humanity by Mr Bernhard Oyangen and his crew on the Berge Tasta echoes those by German businessman Oskar Schindler, Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara and British humanitarian Nicholas Winton, all of whom took risks to save countless Jewish lives during World War II.

As a parent myself, it is especially heartrending to imagine young children going through what Ms Siow experienced as a child refugee fleeing Vietnam.

I am absolutely delighted that she and her family have found a new life and happiness in Australia. It speaks of Ms Siow's and her family's courage and fortitude.

May her story inspire us to be strong and to watch out for one another, especially during these times of heightened tensions amid security concerns.

Woon Wee Min

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 30, 2016, with the headline 'Ex-refugee's story an inspiration'. Print Edition | Subscribe