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Luong was 15 when he faced a critical decision that would shape the rest of his life. He had grown up in a town not far from Hanoi, surrounded by rice fields. As far back as he could remember, life was difficult. Luong was one of four children. When his father lost an... hello
Hong is 24. Earlier this year, an acquaintance asked her to travel to China. They planned to buy supplies to bring back to Vietnam and sell online. This seemed like a good idea to Hong. Because of COVID she was out of work and needed to earn some money. She’d known... hello
Cao remembers the exact moment her dream became a nightmare. It’s more than two years ago now, but she lives with the memory every day. It plays in her mind like a movie scene on a loop. She thought that she was in love. No – that’s not quite right. She WAS in love.... hello
Some countries have called it “Freedom Day”: the day that lockdowns are ended and COVID restrictions are lifted. For all of us who have been through extended lockdowns – or are still going through them now – we know the hardship of being forced to stay home. Here in... hello
Tuyet had already quit school when the traffickers came. Living high up in the mountains, far from the bustling cities and growing economy of Vietnam’s lowlands, Tuyet just didn’t see much point in studying. Her family lived in extreme poverty and Tuyet knew almost... hello
It’s a difficult and dangerous moment. A turning point. Decisions made now will have ramifications for life. No, this is not a reflection on COVID. This is the reality of starting the new school year. When schools reopened across Vietnam at the start of September –... hello