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In more normal times, Thang spends his days on the streets. Thang is only ten… or maybe nine. He’s not really sure. He’s never been to school, so he follows his mother around the city while she works, collecting scrap that she sells for recycling. Even though he has... hello
Troc was sleeping under a bridge when we first met him. He was 14 years old. During our nightly street outreach, the Blue Dragon social workers spotted him covered in a filthy blanket, sound asleep and all on his own. Troc had come to the city to find a job. His... hello
Vin was trembling as he stood, head bowed and hands clasped. He had never been in a court room before today. He’d never even had trouble with the police. As the judge read out his sentence – 11 years in prison – Vin still couldn’t believe that this was really... hello
Phuong had to pretend that she was sleeping. Every second was more terrifying than the last. She had a chance to call for help, but everything depended on the family being asleep. She had to act in complete secrecy. The risk of being caught was high. The consequences... hello
Chung was stabbed at his home last Sunday night. The details are murky. One version of the story is that somebody broke into his home, a sweltering concrete box by Hanoi’s Red River, and attacked him over some dispute. Another version is that he was in a fight... hello
Long was alone on the streets of Hanoi, but he wasn’t really a street kid. He had run away from his home up in the northern provinces after getting into some trouble. It was nothing serious – pretty ordinary for a 13 year old boy who is bored. COVID had closed his... hello