Nguyễn Trọng Đạo (far left) talks to a priest at the cemetery of An Bài parochial in Nam Định Province. Every month, he and members of the Lives Sharing Club take the aborted foetuses to the province for burial. Photo Courtesy of the Lives Sharing Club. As he opened his 52nd black plastic bag of the night, Nguyễn Trọng Đạo knew what he would find inside. But he was shocked, nevertheless. It was around two hours to midnight on May 17. Dao wore medical gloves, not because he was studying pharmaceutical science in college, but the macabre task he subjected himself to required it. What he found in the plastic bag was an aborted foetus. No surprise there. But what had been done to the 32 weeks old foetus, an almost-formed baby, still shocked him. “Damn, how could they do this?” he thought to himself, putting the foetus into a big plastic bowl containing water, … [Read more...] about A young man on a macabre mission he’ll never abort
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In Vietnam, approximately 1.2 million children have a disability, and only 24.2% of them attend school, according to the Vietnam Institute of Educational Sciences. While children with disabilities are initially welcomed at Vietnamese schools, nearly 33% of those who do manage to enroll eventually drop out due to a lack of accommodation and support crucial to helping them overcome a wide range of challenges. The concept of inclusive education – based on the belief that all children have the ability and the right to learn – is a new one for many teachers and parents, and schools have minimal resources. However, inadequate implementation and monitoring have hindered the effectiveness of inclusive education practices, particularly for children and communities who struggle with poverty, remoteness, and discrimination as members of ethnic minorities. Despite these many challenges, a profound transformation is beginning to take hold in one of Vietnam’s most remote areas: … [Read more...] about Save the Children supports children with special needs in Lao Cai province
At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
Kon Tum (VNA) – The Central Highlands province of Kon Tum organised 19 delegations to visit local religious dignitaries on December 17-18, on the occasion of the upcoming Christmas celebrations. The local authorities extended Christmas greetings to Bishop Nguyen Hung Vi of the Kon Tum Diocese; Priest Do Hieu, head of the Kon Tum city parish; Pastor An Uoc, President of the Vietnam United World Mission Church; as well as Catholic and Christian priests, pastors, and followers in the province. The provincial officials wished the religious dignitaries and followers a merry Christmas and a happy New Year, hoping they will make further contributions to local development. The religious dignitaries were urged to continue promoting their role in encouraging followers to be law-abiding citizens, and enthusiastically respond to patriotic emulation movements, thus contributing to national unity. The dignitaries thanked the provincial leaders for facilitating the operation of … [Read more...] about Kon Tum authorities pay pre-Christmas visits to religious dignitaries
* The number of people missing after California's deadliest and most destructive wildfire jumped on Saturday to 1,276, despite authorities locating hundreds of people who scattered when the Camp Fire tore through the mountain town of Paradise. * The China-India Youth Dialogue 2018 was held in the Indian capital in an effort to promote the people-to-people and cultural exchanges and relations between the two countries. *The Argentine Navy said on Saturday a private company hired by the government has located the submarine ARA San Juan some 800 meters (2625 feet) below the ocean's surface a year after it went missing with 44 crew members aboard. * Russia is ready to provide Belarus with weapons if needed, Russian Ambassador to Belarus Mikhail Babich told reporters. * Seven people were killed and more than 8,000 others are taking shelters as landslides and quakes struck Mamasa district of Indonesia's West Sulawesi province, a disaster agency official said Saturday. * Iran and Iraq on … [Read more...] about World News in Brief: November 18