Viet Nam News By Ánh Hường Over the past eight years, Nguyễn Thúy Nga has carried her best friend and classmate, Nguyễn Thị Mai Gái, to school every day, over a distance of more than four kilometres. "I have always been ready to be by Gái's side and take her everywhere she wants. Unfortunately, due to a deformity, she is unable to use her legs. So, I wanted to become her 'legs'," says Nga, a ninth-grader at the Cát Hải Secondary School, in the southern province of Bình Định. Gái is the oldest child of four and was born with a deformity in her legs meaning she is unable to walk. All of Gái's daily activities need the support of her parents and grandmother. "I couldn't go out like other people, which made me feel very sad. My parents were too busy earning a living, so they couldn't take me out very often either. Gradually, I got used to it, and just stayed at home all day," Gái says. The years passed until the day the six-year-old was due to start primary school. Unlike most of … [Read more...] about Young girl gives her best friend a leg up
V best friends forever 3rd december 2012
A two-year-old dog has lived with a lone septuagenarian in southern Vietnam and helped her with daily activities by pulling a sled. Residents in the border commune of Phuoc Vinh in Chau Thanh District, Tay Ninh Province, have become familiar with the dog named Vang and his 75-year-old owner Chau Thi My having their sled carry food every day. Every morning, My borrows a small boat from a neighbor to row along the Vam Co River to catch snails, fish, pick water hyacinth and put them on a sled pulled by Vang to a local market for sale. She earns nearly VND20,000 (US$0.89) after each market session, which is barely enough to support her and her best friend’s daily life. It has been eight years since My decided to move to a small hut at Trung Dan Wharf and live alone to lift the burden on her children, who are all married and have to struggle with their underprivileged life. During that length of time, dogs she raised like Vang have been her friends, and also her … [Read more...] about A dog is this Vietnamese septuagenarian’s best friend
A former Vietnamese pilot and two American foes he confronted in the Vietnam War four decades ago have become the best of friends now in peace. Few would know that the two used to be on opposing sides during the Vietnam War that ended on April 30, 1975 when the U.S.-backed Saigon regime fell. My is the first Vietnamese pilot to shoot down an American aircraft in 1972 and Stiles' F4 was the first American jet to be shot down by a Vietnamese pilot that year. On Jan 17, 1972, amidst the escalating war, My, in his MiG-21 aircraft, fired Stiles' F4 to the ground. Stiles was lucky to cheat death after parachuting down and being trapped on a tree in central Vietnam for two days. Stiles' co-pilot also escaped but later died in a traffic accident. In 2007, as the U.S. air force summarized their war processes, they tracked down the first Vietnamese pilot to shoot down an American aircraft in 1972. The Vietnamese government gave them the name: Nguyen Hong My. As My got … [Read more...] about Foes in Vietnam War, ‘best friends’ in peacetime
Who wants to bask in the reflected glory of Paris Hilton? That's the challenge the ubiquitous socialite is throwing out to 20 men and women who will compete in an MTV reality show to be her new "BFF" (best friend forever). Paris Hilton attends the concert of rap artist 50 Cent at Tao during the 2008 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 19, 2008 … [Read more...] about Who wants to be Paris Hilton’s new best friend?
The Danube River divides Budapest into two parts, Buda and Pest, which are connected by nine beautiful bridges. This year, the capital city marks the 140th anniversary of its unification. Accompanying President Truong Tan Sang on his State visit to Hungary, we had a chance to cruise along the Danube and enjoy the magnificent scenery of this famous river which has long been the subject of poetry and song. Standing over there was the ancient Chain Bridge decorated with four stone lions at each of the abutments. In the morning, the extraordinary beauty of the city was revealed as its basilicas basked in the autumn sun. We arrived at Heroes' Square just as flocks of pigeons lit on the ground to enjoy the sunshine. At the centre of the square is a Millennium Memorial with statues of the leaders of the seven tribes that founded Hungary. Behind them are figurines of other outstanding Hungarian heroes who fought off invaders to protect their motherland. Looking at bronze sculptures … [Read more...] about Vietnam, Hungary faithful friends forever