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First name:  Sam Kai

Last name:  Faye

  • Gender:  Male
  • Job:  Freelance photographer
  • Media outlet:  ABC News
  • Type of media:  TV
  • Born:  9 March 1924 Singapore

  • Died:  20 July 1972 Vietnam
  • War zone:  yes
  • Targeted? yes
  • Impunity: total


Shot in an ambush as he and fellow photographer Terrence Khoo were on their way to fighting north of Hue. Khoo was shot when he stayed with him waiting for help to arrive.

  • Vietnam - 1959-75: War
  • The Vietnam war was between the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (RDVN — North Vietnam) and the Republic of Vietnam (RVN — South Vietnam). It began as a civil war over whether to keep the country divided or to united it under the northern regime. From 1964, China and the Soviet Union backed the north and the US supported the south by sending troops. The war ended, after heavy casualties, with the north’s victory and the signing of a peace agreement in Paris in 1973. But some fighting continued and North Vietnamese troops captured Saigon in 1975. Vietnam then became united as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

  • Wins British Commonwealth Photo Contest two years running.


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