Time spent behind bars is never meant to be easy. But some foreign inmates at Vinh Quang Prison are making the most of their lives locked up. And in one extreme case, a German national who has served his sentence is happy to stay in the prison because he feels that is now his home. Foreign prisoners at a Vietnamese language lesson in Vinh Quang Prison. Photo antg.cand.com.vn Jurgen Michael has been a free man for almost a year, but instead of returning to his homeland he prefers to stay in prison. "I like living here. I don't want to go home. This is my second home," said the 60-year-old. "Vietnamese officers are good and friendly. They treat me very well. They give me banh chung (square glutinous rice cake), gio (Vietnamese sausage) and candy to celebrate Tet (Lunar New Year) with Vietnamese people. I have a lot of fun while living here so I don't want to go anywhere." When he was first jailed he did not speak a word of Vietnamese, but after spending so long behind bars he has picked up the language. Back home in Germany he has no family, so for Jurgen, Vinh Quang is his home, and the inmates… Read full this story
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