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?
The population of Vietnam will reach 90 million at 12 am on Friday, November 1, 2013, the General Office of Population and Family Planning reported. After learning of the many babies expected to be born around this hour nationwide, the agency has selected a baby expected to be born at that moment at the Central Obstetrics Hospital as the 90 millionth citizen of Vietnam. Immediately after the birth, Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan and a representative of the health ministry will visit the mother and baby and congratulate them on the special and significant occasion. According to a previous forecast released following a general population census conducted in 1989, the country’s population would reach 90 in 2002 and 105 million in 2010, Duong Quoc Trong, head of the agency, told Tuoi Tre. That means Vietnam will reach 90 million 11 years later than it was forecast. This performance is thanks to efforts to reduce birth rates properly by the country in the past years, Trong said. … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s population reaches 90 mln on Nov 1; issues to resolve
The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Bến Tre has received VNĐ140 billion (US$6.3 million) from the Government to repair two embankments to prevent landslides along rivers and upgrade another on the coast. Bến Tre suffers from frequent landslides, and the Government has provided the province with VNĐ140 billion (US$6.3 million) to shore up dykes in vulnerable areas. — VNA/VNS photo. The provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said, however, that there are five spots vulnerable to landslides and erosion and require urgent repairs or upgrades. The funds provided by the Government are going to be used to fix a 200m stretch of coastal dyke in Thạnh Phú District’s Cồn Bửng area at a cost of VNĐ60 billion ($2.7 million) and two river dykes in Chợ Lách and Ba Tri districts. The remaining two vulnerable areas have to wait for more funds from the Government, Nguyễn Hữu … [Read more...] about Bến Tre gets $6.3m from Govt to fight landslides
Pham Hoa Thuong (right), from Ninh Thuan province, who received heart and kidney from a deceased donor, is in sound condition. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The two patients transplanted with a heart and a kidney donated by a brain dead person in Hanoi are in sound condition and ready to be discharged from the hospital, Dr. Pham Thi Ngoc Thao, Deputy Director of the HCM City-based Cho Ray Hospital said on March 19. On February 26, Cho Ray Hospital doctors received the heart and the kidney sent by the Hanoi-based 108 Military Central Hospital. The donor is brain dead 45-year-old soldier, who had an accident on duty. He has donated many organs, including kidneys, heart and corneas, for transplant for up to six patients. The heart was transplanted in 29-year-old Nguyen Quoc Hung with heart problems from Mekong delta Tien Giang province while the kidney was transplanted in 25-year-old Pham Hoai Thuong suffering the end-phase renal disease from central Ninh Thuan province. Associate … [Read more...] about Patients get on well with organs from brain dead donor