She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?
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The information was released at a working session between representatives of the association and the municipal People’s Committee, which took place on May 3. As heard at the function, during the period, the sum was used to build and upgrade 20 charity houses, aid five families with capital to set up businesses, and present over 4,000 gifts to the victims. The association also organised free health checkup events and granted scholarships in support of the group. A ceremony to hand over a charity house to a family of AO/dioxin victims in Can Tho (Photo: baocantho.com.vn) To date, nearly 4,000 AO/Dioxin victims, or 90 percent of the total living in Can Tho, have been benefiting from the Government’s preferential policies. In the coming time, the association said it will step up survey activities toward the group to come up with suitable assistance plans annually. It will mobilise all social resources to increase the total municipal fund for the group to … [Read more...] about Can Tho spends over 3 billion VND on caring for AO/dioxin victims
Eight years ago, Tra Linh Commune suffered extreme poverty, with many locals unable to buy or build decent homes. Ngoc Linh ginseng gets to the root of expansion Local woman proud owner of Ngoc Linh ginseng garden Quang Nam man digs up 100-year-old Ngoc Linh ginseng A view of the Tắk Lang billionaire village. Photo thanhnien.vn Thanks to Ngoc Linh ginseng, farmers have seen profits explode and the area is now covered with new residential developments. By the end of last year, members of the commune’s Sedang ethnic minority had saved hundreds of billions of dong. Tắk Lang Village is a hub for growing Ngoc Linh ginseng. Several years ago, it took half a day to travel from the centre of Nam Tra My District to the village. Now, wide roads have been built. Local residents consider Tắk Lang Village to be the first billionaire village of the Sedang people, Thanh Niên newspaper reports. Ho Van Du is a village patriarch in Tra Linh Commune. Three years ago, … [Read more...] about Poor residents enrich themselves thanks to ginseng
LOVING CARE: Nguyễn Xuân Thuỷ poses with one of his favourite items - a Vietnamese cassette player. VNS Photo Thuý Hằng by Thúy Hằng Many people go crazy for cutting-edge audio-visual devices to keep up with the latest trends, but there are others who remain loyal to the old days. In a spacious two-storey house in Hà Nội belonging to ghetto blaster enthusiast Nguyễn Xuân Thủy, it’s hard to find a place to sit because every room is taken up by his favourite devices. Cassette players can be found everywhere, and even the 49-year-old's bed is covered in old equipment. The story goes back three years, when feeling nostalgic, he decided to buy a cassette player similar to the one his parents bought after saving up for a year. “In 1990, cassette players were considered luxury items. The one my parents gave me was worth two taels of gold. At that time, two … [Read more...] about For the love of old cassettes
Illustrative image (Source: VNA) Two persons died while preparing for storm Nakri and one went missing due to the storm as of 17:00 on November 12, according to the office of the Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.Khanh Hoa provinces. It triggered heavy rains and caused widespread blackouts. A total of 30 houses were damaged by the storm, while over 400 houses were flooded. More than 1,000 ha of rice and food crops and over 5,000m of canals were damaged by flooding. Phu Yen province, while roads blocked by landslides (107 sites) have been re-opened to traffic. VNA … [Read more...] about Two die, one go missing due to storm Nakri