A 16-year-old Vietnamese boy who was found stuffed into a suitcase after being smuggled into the UK has thanked Britain for giving him a home.
Phong was discovered in a life-threatening condition last year at the English port of Dover, a main entry point for vehicles crossing the English Channel.
He had been placed in a suitcase and stowed in the back of a car. On being discovered he was rushed to hospital before being placed in a foster home.
The driver of the car was jailed for 18 months for smuggling people.
His letter reads:
I’m writing a letter to tell you what a difference you have made to my life. You have saved my life. You have given me a family and a home.
When I came to the UK, when I woke up in the hospital I was very scared and panic. I don’t know where I am, what happen to me, I hurt all over my body and couldn’t eat. I could only use my neck and fingers just a little bit.
Thank you for finding me, making me better in hospital. Thank you for giving me a family, they love me and me too. Thank you for giving me an education. Thank you social services and government for your help and care. I never believed I would be loved. There is now a big rainbow in my life instead of darkness.
I am looking forward to doing entry 3 in college in September. I’m not sure I can pass but I will do my best. I hope I can make you proud.
Thank you to everyone for helping me with English and myself. Now I believe in myself and I am positive instead of negative.
My mum helped me with this letter. One more time thank you for changing my life.”
Christine Burge, Phong’s foster carer, called him “incredible”.
She said: “Phong is an incredible young man who has grown so much since he arrived. He passed all of his exams, his confidence has grown and he has friends. He makes me very proud everyday.”
Source : Various