Back to English Comments News – September 4, 2018 | 07:40 am GMT+7 Poverty is forcing kids in a northern highlands commune to quit school and get married or work in China. “If my father does not let me go to school, I’m going to kill myself,” Nga, in eighth grade now, is serious, her mouth pressed into a hard line. She wants to become a doctor so that she can save people’s lives “just like Dr. Sam.” Sam is a physician in her village who uses herbs collected from the forest to treat various illnesses. Nga does not have a thumb. She lost it when she and her brother were cutting grass for her family’s buffaloes. The clump of elephant grass was twice her height, and as she was holding it for her brother to cut, the accident happened. Since that day, she does not talk much. Since that day, her desire to become a “Dr. Sam” has intensified. Ha Giang, among the most beautiful places in the country, lies 240 kilometers (150 miles) northwest of Hanoi.The extraordinarily picturesque province also has the distinction of being the second poorest locality in the country. And in this poor province, the… Read full this story
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