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Abandoned children fear as US troops eye Philippines

Published on Jun 26, 2014 11:19 AM

ANGELES, Philippines (AFP) - When the last US ship pulled out of the Philippines’ Subic naval base more than two decades ago, a desperate young woman’s hopes of finding her father sailed away with it.

Ms Beirut Calaguas, now 44, is among the tens of thousands of “Amerasians” fathered by US soldiers who served in the Philippines, home to the US military’s biggest overseas bases until they closed down in 1992.

Like so many others, Ms Calaguas has endured a life of discrimination and poverty, while battling the mental trauma of having been abandoned and not knowing either of her biological parents.

“When the Americans left, my heart broke, I resigned my fate to never finding my father,” said the fair-skinned, brown-eyed Ms Calaguas at her ramshackle home in a rundown suburb close to the former US bases.

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