Joan Baez Returns To Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam (April 11, 2013)--Joan Baez says she meditated a bit before going back into a bunker in Hanoi where she took shelter during a U.S. bombing raid during the Vietnam War 40 years ago.

Instead of being scared, Baez says she felt "this huge warmth" because the bunker took care of her.

She put her hand on the cement wall and began singing the spiritual "Oh Freedom."

Baez's visit to Vietnam in December 1972 was the focus of public scrutiny because some Americans thought she was giving aid to the enemy.

She went there to see the war firsthand and to deliver mail to U.S. prisoners.

On this trip Baez stayed at the same hotel where she stayed 40 years ago.

The bunker, she says, was her first brush with her own mortality.


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