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Light at the end of the tunnel for a blind family in Vietnam

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In Quang Tri Province, central Vietnam, there is a particular family whose unique situation has attracted attention. While the parents, who are in their nineties, can see normally, their four children became blind by the age of twenty.

They have struggled for years with the terrible, incurable eye condition that has caused four family members to go blind. 

But the third-generation can see the light at the end of the tunnel: they have children with normal vision. Moreover, these healthy family members are also well behaved, hardworking, and extremely grateful to their parents and grandparents.

Despite their misfortunes, the third-generation members make the family of Ho Vung, 88, in Gia Dong Village, Trieu Do Commune, Trieu Phong District, Quang Tri Province, hope for a better future.

The days of living in darkness

One day a Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper reporter went to Ho Vung’s house. In response to a call at the front gate, a man’s voice announced from inside the house, “Yes, this is Vung’s house, who is that?”

A few minutes later, four middle-aged people slowly came out, each of them standing one step from the door of the house.

The house is low and small, but there are many doors. All four people seem to have normal eyes at first glance, but they are all blind.

When the reporter entered the house, they saw Vung lying on a bed, next to it were two more beds, and in the wing house were two more beds.

Vung has been sick for many years, at the age of 88, he usually lies in bed. When the reporter came in, he was trying his best to sit up. 

His children sensed that their father was having difficulty sitting up and quickly found a way to help him. Ho Dan, 54, one of Vung’s sons, supported his father with his hands.

Talking to the reporter about the children, Vung sighed. He grabbed a package of documents and said, “Here is the certificate from local authorities recognizing all our four children as blind so they are entitled to allowances.”

Despite his old age, Vung could recognize the characters in the documents with his eyes. His wife Hoang Thi Mot, 84, also has normal vision, but her memory is not good.

“My children all went blind when they grew up. But there are not many people who know that,” he added.

Ho Thi Hue, 58, the eldest sister of the four, told Tien Phong that her eyesight got worse and worse when she was in 4th grade. By the time she was in 8th grade, her eyesight had been too bad to see anything on the blackboard, so she had to stop going to school.

At the age of 28, Hue could no longer tell if it was morning or evening. Now she is totally blind.

Hue’s next brother, Ho Dan, experienced the same thing when his vision deteriorated in 5th grade. He became blind at the age of 25. 

Younger sister Ho Thi Thuan, 50, was ‘luckier’ because her vision deteriorated in 7th grade, but she went completely blind when she was 30 years old. 

The youngest brother, Ho Hoang Duong, 38, did not have a better fate. He, too, has been blind since he was 18.

According to Duong, he lived in depression at some point in the past because he could not face his terrible fate. 

At that time, he would just lie in bed without saying anything. He would get so angry when he came across something while walking in the house that he would throw it out of the yard.

Twenty-five years ago, a charity organization brought Dan and Duong to Ho Chi Minh City for a medical examination. 

Dan said that at the time he fervently hoped that his younger brother’s blindness could be successfully treated. But he was distraught when he learned about retinal degeneration, a disease for which there is no effective treatment.

On the way home, Dan tried to comfort his brother while they were both in deep despair. Dan burst into tears as he watched Duong almost go mad with hopelessness.

The two brothers accepted their fate but did not give up hope that they could be cured in the future as medicine grows more advanced.

Five years ago, Hue and Thuan were taken to Hanoi for an eye examination. However, after twenty years, nothing has changed. Doctors’ answer is still ‘retinal degeneration.’

The two sisters returned home without saying anything. Their silence gave the whole family the understanding that they must continue their life without their vision.

(from left) Duong, Thuan, Hue, and Dan, all of whom went completely blind during their youth. Photo: Tran Mai / Tien Phong

From left: Ho Hoang Duong, Ho Thi Thuan, Ho Thi Hue, and Ho Dan, all of whom went completely blind in their youth. Photo: Tran Mai / Tien Phong

Searching for the light in will and love

Vung and Mot tried harder than they could to care for their four blind children. Despite their extremely harsh living conditions, the couple never complained about anything that might inadvertently cause their children to think of themselves as a burden.

When Mot was sometimes sick, she tried to laugh and to make the family comfortable and warm. 

The couple’s health has definitely deteriorated after almost ten years of hard work raising four children. 

The members of the family have been taking care of each other for years. The parents became the children’s eyes, showing them how to do simple tasks while their lives depend mainly on financial support.

As he went to fetch water for the reporter, he bumped into a kettle. “Lucky it did not break,” the old man said, putting the kettle in its place and asking who had put it in the wrong place.

In the dozens of years in this particular house, everything has its own place. Once something is put in the wrong place, it is hard for them to find or becomes an obstacle for everyone to walk.

Although she is blind now, Hue got married when her vision was normal. She went utterly blind when she was pregnant with a daughter.

Hue’s daughter is 30 years old, and she is fortunate to have a normal vision and happy life with her husband and children. “It’s enough for me already,” the blind woman said contentedly.

Dan has his own peaceful family of three children after marrying a woman who suffers from an intellectual disability. 

Their three children are all doing well in their studies. The eldest daughter, Ho Thi Phuong Nha, entered college this year.

“Our children do not complain about how poor their parents are, but try their best to get ahead, which makes us extremely happy,” Dan said.

The blind father is even happier that his children not only try their utmost to study under all circumstances but are also grateful to their parents and grandparents who take care of them carefully. 

The children’s devotion is seen as compensation for the unfortunate fate of the family. The allowances or scholarships the children receive always make all family members smile.

Thuan said that their home could be pardoned by heaven so that their third-generation members could have healthy eyesight and normal mental abilities. 

Inspired by the hopeful nephews and nieces, Thuan lives more positively. Although she is blind, she raises pigs and chickens to earn a living and support other family members.

“We just have difficulty getting out of the house. It is easier for us to go out and do something at home or in the garden because we are familiar with the environment,” Thuan said.

“Everything has been fixed in recent years, from the feeding trough for the pigs to the cages for the chickens, we know exactly how many steps we need to take.

“However, we do not know how much pigs and chickens grow, so we have to ask our grandchildren for help when we need to sell.”

Nguyen Huu Phan, vice-chairman of the Trieu Do Commune People’s Committee, said local authorities have been supporting unfortunate households like Vung’s for years, but they can only help them partially because resources are limited. 

“The biggest concern is the health of the next generation. The children’s eyes are normal, but we do not know if something bad will happen in the long run or not,” Phan said.

“We hope opthamologists can help the family, especially Dan and Hue’s children.

“Is there a cure for their condition now?”

Everybody’s dreams

“We hope there is an ophthalmologist who knows a lot about ‘retinal degeneration’ and has our four siblings examined again to know whether there is a possible cure for it,” Hue said.

Dan hopes that his children will be loved by the people around him so that they can continue their studies. 

Thuan is waiting for useful stuff to help the visually impaired walk comfortably and work to earn their own living.

Duong wants to find a decent job that will allow him to stay at home to work and take care of his parents. 

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Vietnam’s Da Lat City overcrowded with vehicles of Tet goers

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All major streets in Vietnam’s tourist highland city of Da Lat were packed with vehicles on Thursday, the last day of the seven-day Tet break (2023 Lunar New Year) as so many personal cars and passenger vans traveled to the city.

The traffic jams were serious as so many vehicles entered the city center even though the number of visitors during this Tet was not too big compared to last year’s edition, as noted by Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper reporters.

Tran Manh Son, a visitor from Ho Chi Minh City, told Tien Phong that it took him nearly an hour to drive his family in his car for a distance of about three kilometers from a hotel on Trieu Viet Vuong Street to Tran Hung Dao Street.

“Cars and larger vehicles were overloaded everywhere, so many cars inched a bit, as slow as walking,” Son said.   

The area of Xuan Huong Lake was constantly congested from 8:30 am to 11:00 am, and the same situation was recorded in many other sites, including the city’s flower garden, the Ong Dao Bridge, the Da Lat market roundabout, and the intersection of Dinh Tien Hoang, Tran Quoc Toan, and Bui Thi Xuan Streets.

Police officers were deployed on many streets to regulate traffic and guide vehicles to change their directions to avoid entering the ways leading to traffic jam sites.

Vinh, the driver of a 50-seater long-haul bus, said he picked up passengers on Hoang Van Thu Street but could not drive them to Domaine Church on Ngo Quyen Street because of the serious congestion that had lasted for more than an hour.

He added his passengers wanted to change their destination to avoid the jam but he failed to turn the bus to any other directions to get out of the congested site.

“Now I can do nothing but wait for the congestion to ease,” Vinh said.

Nguyen Hung Minh, a long-haul bus driver, said he drove passengers to Da Lat on Tuesday and has since witnessed such traffic jams at the city’s gateways.

The Da Lat administration blamed the serious congestion on personal cars and long-haul buses that had come to this tourist destination, which is the capital city of Lam Dong Province in the Central Highlands region. 

Such traffic jams have partly affected the quality of tours to Da Lat, local authorities said.

A traffic police officer is seen asking a car driver to change his direction to avoid entering the ongoing congestion site in Da Lat. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

A traffic police officer is seen asking a car driver to change his direction to avoid entering the ongoing congestion site in Da Lat. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

This image shows many personal cars and long-haul buses in a traffic jam in Da Lat City on January 26, 2023. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

This image shows many personal cars and long-haul buses in a traffic jam in Da Lat City on January 26, 2023. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

Many young people are seen still joyful despite being stuck in traffic congestion on a street in Da Lat City on January 26, 2023. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

Many young people are seen still joyful despite being stuck in traffic congestion on a street in Da Lat City on January 26, 2023. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

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All major streets in Vietnam’s tourist highland city of Da Lat were packed with vehicles on Thursday, the last day of the seven-day Tet break (2023 Lunar New Year) as so many personal cars and passenger vans traveled to the city.

The traffic jams were serious as so many vehicles entered the city center even though the number of visitors during this Tet was not too big compared to last year’s edition, as noted by Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper reporters.

Tran Manh Son, a visitor from Ho Chi Minh City, told Tien Phong that it took him nearly an hour to drive his family in his car for a distance of about three kilometers from a hotel on Trieu Viet Vuong Street to Tran Hung Dao Street.

“Cars and larger vehicles were overloaded everywhere, so many cars inched a bit, as slow as walking,” Son said.   

The area of Xuan Huong Lake was constantly congested from 8:30 am to 11:00 am, and the same situation was recorded in many other sites, including the city’s flower garden, the Ong Dao Bridge, the Da Lat market roundabout, and the intersection of Dinh Tien Hoang, Tran Quoc Toan, and Bui Thi Xuan Streets.

Police officers were deployed on many streets to regulate traffic and guide vehicles to change their directions to avoid entering the ways leading to traffic jam sites.

Vinh, the driver of a 50-seater long-haul bus, said he picked up passengers on Hoang Van Thu Street but could not drive them to Domaine Church on Ngo Quyen Street because of the serious congestion that had lasted for more than an hour.

He added his passengers wanted to change their destination to avoid the jam but he failed to turn the bus to any other directions to get out of the congested site.

“Now I can do nothing but wait for the congestion to ease,” Vinh said.

Nguyen Hung Minh, a long-haul bus driver, said he drove passengers to Da Lat on Tuesday and has since witnessed such traffic jams at the city’s gateways.

The Da Lat administration blamed the serious congestion on personal cars and long-haul buses that had come to this tourist destination, which is the capital city of Lam Dong Province in the Central Highlands region. 

Such traffic jams have partly affected the quality of tours to Da Lat, local authorities said.

A traffic police officer is seen asking a car driver to change his direction to avoid entering the ongoing congestion site in Da Lat. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

A traffic police officer is seen asking a car driver to change his direction to avoid entering the ongoing congestion site in Da Lat. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

This image shows many personal cars and long-haul buses in a traffic jam in Da Lat City on January 26, 2023. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

This image shows many personal cars and long-haul buses in a traffic jam in Da Lat City on January 26, 2023. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

Many young people are seen still joyful despite being stuck in traffic congestion on a street in Da Lat City on January 26, 2023. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

Many young people are seen still joyful despite being stuck in traffic congestion on a street in Da Lat City on January 26, 2023. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

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Nha Trang – Saigon railway upgrade project launched

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A project to upgrade and renovate the railway route that connects Vietnam’s south-central coastal city of Nha Trang and its southern economic hub Ho Chi Minh City kicked off on Thursday, the last day of the seven-day Tet break (2023 Lunar New Year).

The launching ceremony for the project took place at the Thap Cham railway station in south-central Ninh Thuan Province with the attendance of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and many other high-ranking central and local officials, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

The Nha Trang – Saigon railway route is 411 kilometers long, starting from Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa Province and ending in Ho Chi Minh City after running through Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, Dong Nai, and Binh Duong Provinces.

The project, expected to be complete in 2025, is estimated to cost VND1,099 billion (US$46.7 million) from the medium-term budget capital source for 2021-25, according to the project management board.

It is aimed at improving the quality and size of the railway infrastructure, thereby increasing transport capacity, enhancing traffic safety, and facilitating the transport of passengers and cargo on the route that links six localities. 

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) is seen shaking hands with railway engineers and workers at the Thap Cham railway station in Ninh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam on January 26, 2023. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) is seen shaking hands with railway engineers and workers at the Thap Cham railway station in Ninh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam on January 26, 2023. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Under the project, all weak bridges on the route will be repaired and upgraded, the railway infrastructure will be renovated and modernized, and some terminals of passenger and goods will be reformed or consolidated, among other components including new constructions.

Addressing the ceremony, PM Chinh asked the Ministry of Transport to direct all the contractors, consultants, and supervisors to mobilize all possible resources and take necessary steps to ensure the project will be implemented efficiently, safely, and on schedule.

In addition, the project must comply with requirements on environmental protection during its implementation, the government leader said.

He asked all the ministries, agencies, and local authorities involved in the project to cooperate with each other effectively to make it a success.

Investment in public transport infrastructure in general and railway systems in particular is not only the duty of the transport ministry, but also the leading political task of local authorities of all related provinces and cities, the PM emphasized.

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A project to upgrade and renovate the railway route that connects Vietnam’s south-central coastal city of Nha Trang and its southern economic hub Ho Chi Minh City kicked off on Thursday, the last day of the seven-day Tet break (2023 Lunar New Year).

The launching ceremony for the project took place at the Thap Cham railway station in south-central Ninh Thuan Province with the attendance of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and many other high-ranking central and local officials, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

The Nha Trang – Saigon railway route is 411 kilometers long, starting from Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa Province and ending in Ho Chi Minh City after running through Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, Dong Nai, and Binh Duong Provinces.

The project, expected to be complete in 2025, is estimated to cost VND1,099 billion (US$46.7 million) from the medium-term budget capital source for 2021-25, according to the project management board.

It is aimed at improving the quality and size of the railway infrastructure, thereby increasing transport capacity, enhancing traffic safety, and facilitating the transport of passengers and cargo on the route that links six localities. 

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) is seen shaking hands with railway engineers and workers at the Thap Cham railway station in Ninh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam on January 26, 2023. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) is seen shaking hands with railway engineers and workers at the Thap Cham railway station in Ninh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam on January 26, 2023. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Under the project, all weak bridges on the route will be repaired and upgraded, the railway infrastructure will be renovated and modernized, and some terminals of passenger and goods will be reformed or consolidated, among other components including new constructions.

Addressing the ceremony, PM Chinh asked the Ministry of Transport to direct all the contractors, consultants, and supervisors to mobilize all possible resources and take necessary steps to ensure the project will be implemented efficiently, safely, and on schedule.

In addition, the project must comply with requirements on environmental protection during its implementation, the government leader said.

He asked all the ministries, agencies, and local authorities involved in the project to cooperate with each other effectively to make it a success.

Investment in public transport infrastructure in general and railway systems in particular is not only the duty of the transport ministry, but also the leading political task of local authorities of all related provinces and cities, the PM emphasized.

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152 traffic accidents kill 89 throughout Vietnam during Tet

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Eighty-nine people were killed and 111 others were injured in 152 crashes across Vietnam during the seven-day 2023 Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday starting January 20, the National Traffic Safety Committee reported on Thursday, citing the Ministry of Public Security.

Compared to the same period of last year’s Tet, the numbers of crashes and fatalities declined by 12 and three, respectively, while the injuries rose by eight.

Among the total traffic accidents, 147 cases happened on roads, four occurred on rails, and one in waterway traffic. 

Nineteen accidents occurred on Thursday, the last day of the Tet break and the fifth day of the Lunar New Year, killing 12 people and injuring 15 others.

During the week-long holiday, traffic police officers handled 21,990 cases of road traffic violations, imposed fines totaling some VND50.4 billion (US$2.15 million) on the violators, impounded 639 cars, 9,910 motorbikes and 50 other vehicles, and revoked 4,950 driver’s licenses.

Among the traffic violators were 7,726 drivers under the influence of alcohol, 2,211 overspeeding, and 17 abusing drugs.

Medical facilities across the country received 26,411 cases requiring medical examination and mergency treatment due to traffic accidents from 7:00 am on January 20 to 7:00 am on Thursday.

This figure does not exclude duplicate data in cases of one person visiting multiple hospitals, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee.

The traffic safety agency said that the waves of people coming back to big cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City for work after Tet increased remarkably on Thursday.

However, there was no serious traffic congestion at gateways to the metropolitan areas but some local traffic jams such as bottlenecks on the Hanoi-Hai Phong and Phap Van-Cau Gie Expressways in Hanoi and the gridlock on the Rach Mieu Bridge, which lies along a major route connecting Ho Chi Minh City and provinces in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.

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Eighty-nine people were killed and 111 others were injured in 152 crashes across Vietnam during the seven-day 2023 Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday starting January 20, the National Traffic Safety Committee reported on Thursday, citing the Ministry of Public Security.

Compared to the same period of last year’s Tet, the numbers of crashes and fatalities declined by 12 and three, respectively, while the injuries rose by eight.

Among the total traffic accidents, 147 cases happened on roads, four occurred on rails, and one in waterway traffic. 

Nineteen accidents occurred on Thursday, the last day of the Tet break and the fifth day of the Lunar New Year, killing 12 people and injuring 15 others.

During the week-long holiday, traffic police officers handled 21,990 cases of road traffic violations, imposed fines totaling some VND50.4 billion (US$2.15 million) on the violators, impounded 639 cars, 9,910 motorbikes and 50 other vehicles, and revoked 4,950 driver’s licenses.

Among the traffic violators were 7,726 drivers under the influence of alcohol, 2,211 overspeeding, and 17 abusing drugs.

Medical facilities across the country received 26,411 cases requiring medical examination and mergency treatment due to traffic accidents from 7:00 am on January 20 to 7:00 am on Thursday.

This figure does not exclude duplicate data in cases of one person visiting multiple hospitals, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee.

The traffic safety agency said that the waves of people coming back to big cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City for work after Tet increased remarkably on Thursday.

However, there was no serious traffic congestion at gateways to the metropolitan areas but some local traffic jams such as bottlenecks on the Hanoi-Hai Phong and Phap Van-Cau Gie Expressways in Hanoi and the gridlock on the Rach Mieu Bridge, which lies along a major route connecting Ho Chi Minh City and provinces in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.

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