Khoanh blows out the oil lamp as usual, ready to end the day at 7 p.m.In the distance, neighbors’ television sets could still be heard as his two grandsons, Hao, 12, and An, 9, prepare to turn in.But instead of jumping on the bed to snuggle under pillows and blankets, they crawled underneath it.It was Khoanh’s idea that they should sleep there after a metal panel tossed by the wind nearly sliced him open two years ago.The house does not have electricity, and so sleeping on the cold floor is a perk even on hot summer days, Hao says.They are part of a family of six living in Trung Hung Commune in the Mekong Delta’s Can Tho. The others are the boys’ great grandmother, Tu, 81, and Kim Van Buu, 25, their uncle.Their house, made of metal plates patched together, drips every time it rains, and so sleeping under the bed is preferable.Khoanh, 51, says: “They said we could connect with the electric grid if I could pay VND3 million ($130). I couldn’t.”An’s favorite memories are of noon when the sweltering heat would keep his grandfather at home, and he would hug An as they slept.An’s mother, the eldest daughter… Read full this story
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