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Foreign detainees in Nantou celebrate Mother's Day

2012/05/12 18:54:16

Taipei, May 12 (CNA) Illegal immigrants being held at a National Immigration Agency detention center in Nantou County celebrated Mother's Day with a local saxophone band Saturday.

Center officials, who organized the concert, also presented carnations to more than 60 mothers waiting to be sent back to their native countries.

The band, based in Taichung, played Taiwanese music and folk songs from Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries.

The foreign detainees, including two women who are being held there with small children, said they were moved by the songs and the kindness of the Taiwanese people.

The center is like a "mini" United Nations with detainees from six different countries, and all cultures and religions are respected, said the center's acting director, Chen He-yao.

As the last stop of their time in Taiwan, the center triesto provide the detainees a good diet, a pleasant environment and entertainment to ease their anxiety before being deported, Chen said.

(By Lin Heng-li and Maia Huang)