Founder's Blog

Blue Dragon's founder, Michael Brosowski, shares the lessons he has learned from the children and young people he meets from day to day.

Founder's Blog

Blue Dragon's founder, Michael Brosowski, shares the lessons he has learned from the children and young people he meets from day to day.
Michael Brosowski - Founder of Blue Dragon

From Michael’s blog lifeisalongstory.com

Shining

Following a fairly quiet week at Blue Dragon, we’ve had an eventful weekend.

Since Friday evening, we’ve been inundated with problems: a gang of pimps twice attacking kids from our shelters, an Asian sex tourist ring targeting underage boys we know, and on and on. So much so that I’m looking forward to Monday morning to put the weekend’s headaches behind us!

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News Roundup: February 2015

An occasional roundup of news stories about the issues impacting kids in Vietnam and around the world.- The UK continues to struggle with the issue of Vietnamese children being trafficked in to the country to work in cannabis factories.- Moving on from…

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The year of (not) winning

The Year of the Goat has begun; and I for one am glad that the Year of the Horse is behind us. At the start of 2014, I quietly decided that it was to be the Year of Winning. Readers of this blog will know that in the past couple of years Blue Dragon ha…

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The announcement

It’s time for a change.For over 12 years now, I have been running Blue Dragon in Vietnam. I’ve never been alone in this: the struggles, joys and challenges have always been shared among a team. That team has grown over the years, as has the scope and i…

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Ten

The Blue Dragon kids celebrated a terrific milestone last week: the 10th annual Tet Awards.Every year, for the last 10 years, we’ve held a ceremony to mark the end of the lunar calendar, and welcome the coming year. The original idea was to give each c…

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Wedding season

It’s wedding season in Vietnam; the moon and custom dictates that this is a good time of year to marry, and so throughout the land couples are getting hitched everywhere you turn.Blue Dragon has not been immune to the buzz. Two of our ‘old boys’ have m…

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News roundup: January 2015

The first in an occasional roundup of news stories about the issues impacting kids in Vietnam and around the world- Central Vietnam is being targeted by human traffickers- Vietnamese police arrest two men for selling child abuse images online (Vietname…

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Journeys

My stories on this blog and on the Blue Dragon Facebook are often about the journeys taken by Vietnamese youth, particularly trafficked children returning home and runaway boys being reunited with families.Indeed, last week saw the Blue Dragon team bri…

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Whatever happened to the Blue Dragon blog..?

It’s been a month since I have been active on my blog. Time to admit that I have been very slack!There’s been a lot happening here in Vietnam over Christmas and new year, with rescues and police operations as well as the less visible but equally import…

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A mother’s love

Nga was glad to start life over. Her husband had been a violent alcoholic, and she knew that leaving him behind and taking their young children away to live with her mother was the only way to keep them safe.Being a single mother in rural Vietnam is ne…

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Enslaved in a gold mine

The Blue Dragon Rescue team has had an extraordinary day.For 2 months, we have been hearing rumours of ethnic minority children being trafficked to an illegal gold mine in a mountainous part of Vietnam. The police have been investigating, but informati…

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At the other end of the week

Monday was a day of great hope coupled with great uncertainty. I wrote on Monday evening about the challenges being faced by 3 kids here at Blue Dragon:- a 13 year old girl, “Huong,” who has been rescued from a forced marriage in China but whose mother…

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A rapidly growing mess

I was riding a bicycle across Hanoi’s famous Long Bien bridge when the boy, “Hieu,” appeared from underneath the railway lines.Long Bien is a city icon, and serves as the rail bridge across the Red River. It’s also home to countless homeless children -…

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Hold my hand

This photo was taken in China on Friday by a member of the Blue Dragon Rescue team.  The girls are Vietnamese teens who were trafficked at different times and by different gangs for sale to the Chinese sex trade. One girl, aged 16, was sold to a b…

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The vomit number

When Blue Dragon’s rescue team receives a call for help, we start an investigation immediately.Investigations sometimes take just a matter of hours or days. And sometimes, they take months.On Thursday, one of our longest running investigations came to …

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