Traders purchase ginger in Mường Xén Township, Kỳ Sơn District in Nghệ An Province. — Photo nhandan.com.vn NGHỆ AN — National Highway 16 running through the mountainous districts of Nghệ An Province is known as the “Happy Road” among local ethnic minority groups because it has helped people in remote villages escape poverty. Ten years ago, travelling from the remote mountainous communes of Mỹ Lý, Bắc Lý, Mai Sơn and Nhôn Mai to downtown districts was very difficult, according to the Nhân Dân (People) newspaper. People had to take mountain trails or go by canoe along the Nậm Nơn River, which was very time consuming. Travelling between ethnic villages in border areas was even more difficult. It was difficult to imagine the hardships people in the area had to endure. Carrying pigs and dozens of kilogrammes of rice on their backs, they walked along bumpy roads to district markets. Then after selling their goods, they had to buy essential household goods and carry them back home. Normally, that would take two or three days. Due to poor transport, mountainous people had to buy essential goods from lowland areas for high prices, while their agricultural products and poultry and cattle were sold for next to nothing. For years, people dreamed of a road that… Read full this story
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