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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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
JAKARTA -- Indonesia will more than double its disaster response budget to 15 trillion rupiah ($1.06 billion) in 2019, officials said on Tuesday, after a series of major natural disasters devastated three regions of the vast archipelago last year. The Southeast Asian country suffered its deadliest year in over a decade in 2018, when over 3,000 people died in tsunamis and earthquakes in Sulawesi, Lombok, and West Java and Sumatra islands. Indonesia straddles the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire and sees frequent earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunami, and localized incidents like landslides, floods, and forest fires. “The funds have been prepared in anticipation of 2019,” said Askolani, budgeting director general at the finance ministry. Five trillion rupiah would be allocated to rehabilitation and reconstruction, while 10 trillion would be reserved for disaster response, said finance ministry spokesman Nufransa Wira Sakti. President Joko Widodo, who is running for … [Read more...] about Indonesia to double disaster relief budget in 2019 after year of tragedies
Infrastructure Lawmakers still disagree over investor selection for Long Thanh airport By Ngoc Lan Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019,19:38 (GMT+7) Lawmakers still disagree over investor selection for Long Thanh airportBy Ngoc Lan Deputy Hoang Van Cuong, vice principal of the Hanoi-based National Economics University – PHOTO: VGP HANOI – The Government suggested the State-owned Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) serve as the principal investor of the Long Thanh International Airport project in the southern province of Dong Nai, but many National Assembly deputies have objected to the investor selection. Legislators offered feedback on a number of criteria in the feasibility report of the big-ticket project at a session during the ongoing sitting of the lawmaking body today, November 12. Deputy Hoang Van Cuong, vice principal of the Hanoi-based National Economics University, suggested ACV may execute the project ahead … [Read more...] about Lawmakers still disagree over investor selection for Long Thanh airport
Attending the event were Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh; VAVA President, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Rinh; Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics (GDP) of the Vietnam People's Army, Lieutenant General Le Hien Van; and representatives of departments and agencies, international friends, a large of war wounded and sick soldiers, and AO/Dioxin victims. Speaking at the event, Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh praised the achievements of VAVA organizations at all levels over the past years, and sent best wishes to AO/Dioxin victims who have tried hard to overcome difficulties and challenges in life. Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh speaking at the event He also stressed that AO/Dioxin has left serious consequences; therefore, the whole community should join hands to help AO/Dioxin victims ease their pains and difficulties in life. Through the program, the Deputy Prime Minister called on domestic and … [Read more...] about Various efforts to support AO victims