Letter to Melania Trump from Jailed Political Blogger Me Nam’s 11-year-old Daughter

Nha Trang, October 26, 2017

Dear Mrs Melania Trump,

My name is Nấm (Mushroom) (daughter of Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh – Blogger Mother Mushroom), this is the fourth letter I have written to you to ask for your help to unite my family. When writing the previous letters, I always asked my Grandma and wondered if you have received my letters, but she only replies with “we’ll just have to be hopeful”.

I’ve read on the social media and knew that your family will be visiting Vietnam during APEC summit. My birthday is only a few more days away. It’s going to be another birthday that my brother Gấu (Bear 4-year-old) and I will have to be without my Mom. We love Mommy very much and just want Mommy to be home with us.

Please help unite my family since I know my Mom did not do anything wrong and furthermore, you were the one to give her the “International Women of Courage” award. My family and I would like to say thank you once more.

I am strongly believing in you. Please help bring my Mom back to us. Best wishes to you and your family and goodbye.


Nguyễn Bảo Nguyên
24 Đặng Tất
Nha Trang, Vietnam

(English translation by Hoang Quang Lam)

The hand-written letter by Nam – Nguyen Bao Nguyen was posted on Me Nam’s mother’s Facebook page on October 26, 2017:

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