Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of genocide in Cambodia’s ‘Nuremberg’ moment

 Nuon Chea, right, and Khieu Samphan, left,  in 2013. Photograph: Mark Peters/AP

Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea are the two most senior living leaders of regime that presided over deaths of at least 1.7 million in Cambodia.

Hannah Ellis-Petersen  – South-east Asia correspondent

The Guardin – Fri 16 Nov 2018 06.13 GMT

The two most senior Khmer Rouge leaders still alive today have been found guilty of genocide, almost 40 years since Pol Pot’s brutal communist regime fell, in a verdict followed by millions of Cambodians.

Nuon Chea, 92, who was second-in-command to Pol Pot, and Khieu Samphan, 87, who served as head of state, were both sentenced to life imprisonment for genocide and crimes against humanity carried out between 1977 and 1979, in what is a landmark moment for the Khmer Rouge tribunals. The pair are already serving life sentences for crimes against humanity.

As senior figures in the Khmer regime, the court declared both men responsible for murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation imprisonment, torture, persecution on religious, racial and political grounds, enforced disappearances and mass rape through the state policy of forced marriages .

Nuon Chea, described by the court as “Pol Pot’s right hand”, was found guilty of all charges of genocide of the Vietnamese, former Khmer republic officials and the Cham Muslim minority. Khieu Samphan was found guilty of the genocide of the Vietnamese but was cleared of involvement in the genocidal extermination of the Cham.

About two million people died during Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime. Two of its senior leaders have been on trial on charges of genocide. Photograph: MARKA / Alamy Stock Photo/Alamy Stock Photo

The verdict, read by Judge Nil Nonn, gave a detailed account of some of the most horrific actions carried out by the regime, particularly focusing on the infamous S-21 security prison and execution site where tens of thousands were killed. Interrogations, and executions were carried out under the direct instruction of those in the “upper echelons, including Nuon Chea”, who oversaw S-21 for two years.

“The chamber finds that prisoners were brought to interrogation rooms, handcuffed and blindfolded, their legs chained during questioning” said Nil Nonn, adding that interrogation methods included “beatings with sticks, rocks, electrical wire, whips, electric shocks and suffocation and the extraction of of toenails and fingernails.”

As the list of the regime’s crimes were read out in detail, Nuon Chea asked to be excused from the court on the basis of ill health.

The judgment also emphasised that Khieu Samphan “encouraged, incited and legitimised” the criminal policies that lead to the deaths of civilians “on a massive scale” including the millions forced into labour camps to build dams and bridges and the mass extermination of Vietnamese. Buddhist monks were forcibly defrocked while Muslims were forced to eat pork.

Khmer Rouge leaders who took over Kampuches on 18. April 1975.

David Scheffer, who was UN secretary general’s special expert on assistance to the Khmer Rouge trials and the former US ambassador at large for war crimes issues, described the genocide verdict as “very significant”. “This is comparable, in Cambodia, to the Nuremberg judgment after world war two,” Scheffer told the Guardian. “That is worth the money and effort.”

On Friday morning the courtroom in the capital of Phnom Penh was packed with families of some of the 1.7 million Cambodians who died between 1975 and 1979, through a combinations of mass executions, starvation and brutal labour camps, in one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century.

“It was such an evil regime and it was the worst example of what a government can do,” said prosecutor Nicholas Koumjian. “I think this verdict is a very timely and very necessary. The fact that these crimes happened 40 years ago in no way diminishes the impact of this verdict for those who were affected by the crimes, people whose parents were tortured and killed.”

While neither Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan disputed their roles as pivotal figures in the Khmer Rouge communist regime – whose repressive policies of agricultural collectivisation and social engineering led to famine and saw hundreds of thousands put into labour camps – they both denied genocide. By the time the regime was ousted by Cambodian dissidents and Vietnamese troops in 1979, about 25% of Cambodia’s population had died.

Victor Koppe, the lawyer for Nuon Chea, told the Guardian the case at the extraordinary chambers in the courts of Cambodia (ECCC) had been conducted “very unfairly” and had served simply to prop up a version of history that suited the current government. Many of today’s government figures, including Prime Minister Hun Sen, served in the Khmer Rouge regime before defecting.

“In 10 or 20 years from now, when the dust has settled, people will look back on this as a complete waste of time and energy and resources,” he said.

He was echoed by Anta Guisse, the lawyer for for Khieu Samphan, who said that due to the symbolic importance of securing convictions, neither of the defendants had been given a fair trial. Both Koppe and Guisse confirmed they would be appealing the convictions.

The Khmer Rouge trials have been plagued by criticism since the ECCC was formed in 1997 through a conjoined effort by the UN and the Cambodian courts to try the “most senior” Khmer Rouge members. It took nine years to get the first case to trial and, 12 years and $320m later, it has convicted only three men. Most of those responsible for the killings, including Pol Pot, died before they could be tried.

The first life sentence was handed to Kaing Guek Eav, known as Comrade Duch, who ran S-21 concentration camp in Phnom Penh where at least 14,000 people were tortured and killed. In 2014, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan were then found guilty of crimes against humanity.

Their second trial, for genocide and mass rape, drew to a close in June last year but the verdict has taken 18 months to reach by the panel of three Cambodian and two international judges.

Many have criticised the tribunals for moving at a glacial, and very expensive pace, and being susceptible to political interference from Hun Sen’s government. Prosecutor Koumjian said he “wished things had gone faster and that more people had been prosecuted”.

But Alexander Hinton, director of the Centre for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, and UNESCO chair on genocide prevention at Rutgers University, said: “Justice is not perfect. But it’s better than no justice. And what’s the alternative? Impunity for mass murder.”

There are three Khmer Rouge commanders who are still awaiting trial but the future of the ECCC remains uncertain, mainly due to resistance from Hun Sen who has long opposed the trials and said that any more cases risked pushing Cambodia into civil war.

Hinton admitted that the political interference from Hun Sen’s regime had “tarnished” the legacy of the ECCC. “These tribunals are political through and through and this one is more than most” he said. “It has been plagued by accusations of corruption, political interference, and at times less than robust law.

“But in the end the court delivered,” he added. “There may just have been three judgments, but the process proceeded with the rule of law. I expect most Cambodians will take this court, warts and all.”

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Gå på opdagelse i det vietnamesiske gadekøkken

Supper, risretter eller sprøde forårsruller. Der er rig mulighed for at nyde det vietnamesiske gadekøkkens delikate og smagfulde retter på stort set hvert gadehjørne i Hanoi.

Smagen af Vietnam er autentisk, ærlig og foretagsom: en gammel kone kan sagtens have sin restaurant på ryggen og hver morgen servicere 30-40 mennesker blot med det, hun selv kan bære.

Det kan godt være, at der ikke er dug på bordene, og det kan også godt være, at der er andre, som har brugt spisepindene før dig, inden de blev vasket op. Men derfor skal man alligevel ikke være bange for at gå på opdagelse i det vietnamesiske gadekøkken, som er lige så delikat og smagfuldt som det er spartansk. Det fortæller Asger Køppen, mangeårig direktør for Topas Travel i Vietnam, hvor det vrimler med gadekøkkener, der alle har en autentisk her-og-nu gadestemning til fælles.

Hvert sted har sin egen specialitet, og her sidder gæsterne så på små plasticstole og nyder lige præcis den suppe, risret eller forårsrulle, som er på menuen netop dér. Derfor er det også helt typisk at se en gammel kone komme på
det samme gadehjørne hver morgen, hvor hun stiller sit blus op og koger den samme suppe hver eneste dag. 

”Jeg elsker entreprenørskabet i gadekøkkenet, hvor den gamle kone med en rygsæk på ryggen og sine stole under armen hver dag åbner sin egen restaurant, som i stedet for at have 40 ting på menuen, som er halvgode, har én ting, der er fantastisk, og som i øvrigt kan servicere 30-40 mennesker med dét, hun selv kan bære,” siger Asger Køppen.

Derudover er gadekøkkenet kendetegnet ved friske råvarer, som tilberedes ved høje temperaturer, så risikoen for at blive syg er lille. Og ikke mindst ved et utal af saucer, der ofte er baseret på fiskesauce, men ellers tilsættes lime, chili
eller kanel i et sindrigt system, så hver ret har helt sin egen dyppelse. Endelig er det karakteristisk, at alle typer af mennesker, høj som lav, sidder sammen og spiser de smagfulde risretter eller forårsruller midt på gaden. Og giver dig lyst til selv at slå dig ned blandt dufte, mennesker og indtryk.

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Asger Køppens favoritret i Vietnams gadekøkken er Bun Cha – en klar suppe med nudler og små frikadeller, som er grillede over kul. Oveni det kommer man grøntsager ned i suppen sammen med frisk salat og et bjerg af krydderurter.

Desuden anbefaler Asger Køppen at besøge de lokale ølboder, Bia Hoi, langt fra de klassiske turiststeder, hvor alt står på engelsk, og maden er kedelig. I ølboderne, hvor man får serveret friskt, nylavet øl og klassiske småretter, mødes alle i én stor sammenblanding af syngende fodboldhold og kollegaer, der lige har fået fri – og stemningen er så ufattelig god, at man skal unde sig selv at opsøge sådan et sted, hvor man lige kommer et skridt tættere på virkeligheden.

Link til Topas hjemmeside 
www.topas.dk/vores-vietnam/

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Danmark støtter Vietnam i kampen mod diabetes

Danske Ambassade i Vietnam. 14/11 2018.
In English and Vietnamese below.

Diabetes er globalt en de største sundhedsproblemer i der 21 århundrede. Den er en af de værste grunde til handicap og tidlig død i de fleste lande, hovedsageligt via øgede risici for hjerte-kar-sygdomme.
Danmark støtter Vietnam i kampen mod diabetes.

Som reaktion på de eskalerende sundhedsrisici, der skyldes diabetes har 
World Diabetes Day (WDD) siden 1991 årligt  markeretpå den 14. november. Ifølge det International Diabetes Federation’s Diabetes Atlas, havde Vietnam i 2017 3,53 millioner personer med diabetes og det forventes at stige til 6,13 millioner i 2045.

Danmark has længe samarbejdet med Vietnam for at forbedre diabetes omsorge. Et 3-årigt project med navnet “At leve med diabetes” er lige startet i Thai Binh Provinsen økonomisk støttet af Danmark. Projektet skal både  øge offentlighedens bevidsthed og assistere Vietnam i kampen med sygdommen.

ENGLISH
Diabetes is globally one of the biggest health care concerns of the 21st century as it is a leading cause of disability and early death in most countries, mainly via increased risks of cardiovascular disease.

In response to the escalating health threats posed by diabetes, a World Diabetes Day (WDD) has since 1991 been marked annually on November 14th. According to the International Diabetes Federation’s Diabetes Atlas, in 2017 Vietnam had 3.53 million people with diabetes and the figure is estimated to reach 6.13 million by 2045.

Denmark has been in a long-term partnership with Vietnam to enhance diabetes care in the country and a 3-year-project entitled “Living together with diabetes” just kicked off in the Thai Binh Province with financial support from Denmark. The project aims at both raising public awareness and assisting Vietnam in its fight against the disease.

Denmark supports Vietnam in the combat against diabetes/Đan Mạch hỗ trợ Việt Nam trong trận chiến chống lại bệnh đái tháo đường

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Denmark supports Vietnam in the combat against diabetes/Đan Mạch hỗ trợ Việt Nam trong trận chiến chống lại bệnh đái tháo đường

Đái tháo đường là một trong những vấn đề cấp bách nhất của y tế toàn cầu trong thế kỷ 21 bởi nó chính là một trong những nguyên nhân phổ biến nhất gây tàn tật và tử vong sớm ở hầu hết các quốc gia, chủ yếu do kèm theo các bệnh tim mạch.

Để đối phó với nguy cơ leo thang của căn bệnh này, bắt đầu từ năm 1991, ngày 14 tháng 11 hàng năm được lựa chọn trở thành Ngày Đái Tháo Đường Thế giới. Theo số liệu của Hiệp Hội Đái Tháo Đường Quốc Tế (IDF Diabetes) Việt Nam có 3,53 triệu người mắc bệnh vào năm 2017 và con số này được dự báo sẽ tăng lên 6,13 triệu vào năm 2045.

Đan Mạch đã hợp tác lâu dài với Việt Nam trong việc tăng cường chăm sóc bệnh nhân đái tháo đường. Trong khuôn khổ quan hệ hợp tác này, một dự án kéo dài 3 năm mang tên “ Sống chung với bệnh tiểu đường” vừa được khởi động tại tỉnh Thái Bình dưới sự hỗ trợ tài chính từ Đan Mạch. Dự án có mục đích nâng cao nhận thức cộng đồng, cũng như tiếp sức cho Việt Nam trong trận chiến chống lại căn bệnh đái tháo đường.

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New climate change report highlights grave dangers for Vietnam

by Michael Tatarski on 30 October 2018 – Mongabay.com

  • Vietnam is among the most vulnerable nations to climate change impacts according to a recent International Panel on Climate Change report.
  • The country’s diverse geography means it is hit by typhoons, landslides, flooding and droughts, weather events expected to worsen in coming years.
  • Research has found that Vietnam is also home to abundant renewable energy potential, which could help alleviate some of these threats.

HO CHI MINH CITY – Earlier this month the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a new report on the potential impacts of a 1.5C rise in global temperatures above pre-industrial averages. The report found that massive, destabilizing climate events could start impacting global society as soon as 2040, within the lifetime of most people alive today.

“The most pressing threats facing Vietnam over the next couple of decades is that Vietnam is among the top countries vulnerable to climate change,” said Dao Xuan Lai, head of the Climate Change and Environment Unit at the United Nations Development Programme’s Vietnam office, in an interview. “There will continue to be extreme weather events as present, but coming faster than anticipated, more intense, more frequent and more difficult to predict.”

Within the report, which was presented to the Vietnamese government in Hanoi on October 10, Vietnam was named among nine countries where at least 50 million people will be exposed to impacts of rising sea levels and more powerful storms, among other dangers.

Vietnam’s geography leaves it vulnerable to a number of calamities. Most of its 1,800 mile-long coastline faces the East Sea, which numerous tropical storms and typhoons traverse every year. The mountainous far north is prone to landslides and flash flooding, while the flat Mekong Delta in the deep south is among the most vulnerable regions in the world to rising sea levels.

Mekong River landscape. Image by WWF-Cambodia.

Lai believes this reality presents huge climate change-related challenges for Vietnam. 
“In 2017, the final storm of the typhoon season came in late November, which is normally already the dry season in the past,” he said. “So it came with very strong winds and also heavy rain and caused a lot of landslides and flooding in different areas. Since it came during a different season, people were not prepared, and the losses were big.”

The Mekong Delta’s vulnerability is an especially significant problem due to its economic vitality. According to the UNDP, the fertile region produces roughly 70 percent of Vietnam’s agricultural products, including around 55 percent of rice and 70 percent of all aquaculture. Most of these products are exported, and in 2017 agricultural exports earned Vietnam $37 billion, nearly 17 percent of its total GDP.

“So agricultural development in Vietnam not only helps Vietnam’s food security, but also contributes to global food security as well,” Lai explained. “With climate change and sea level rise, the projection is that if sea levels increase by up to 3.3 feet, 40 percent of the Mekong Delta will be inundated, so we would lose 40 percent or even more of agriculture and aquaculture production.”

A severe drought which struck the region in 2016 offered a potential preview of what is to come if climate change continues unabated. Without fresh rain water, the sea worked its way up the many rivers and canals which crisscross the delta.

“In some rivers the saltwater intrusion reached up to 56 miles from the sea,” Lai said. “In Ben Tre Province, basically the entire province was without access to [fresh] water. So people didn’t have water for their daily lives or their livestock, and all economic activities were affected. A lot of things were impacted and people were forced to move.”

Meanwhile, the northern mountains present growing dangers to the people living there. “In at least 15 northern provinces near the border with China, heavy rain often causes landslides, and these landslides are almost impossible to predict,” Lai explained. “It’s a combination of so many factors, including deforestation and agricultural practices, but now heavy rain can come anytime and be very heavy and very concentrated. We cannot predict which slope or mountain will turn into a landslide.”

Therefore, the UNDP specialist argues, people need to be better aware of the dangers present in their specific location, and ultimately make the decision of whether staying in place is worth it as the climate changes.

“They have to decide whether they continue to stay in a certain area that a number of generations have already stayed in,” Lai shared. “Now, the context has completely changed.”

Melissa Merryweather, director of Green Consult-Asia and chair of the Vietnam Green Building Council, believes Vietnam’s major cities present the greatest risk if the IPCC’s findings come to fruition. “The Mekong Delta is kind of unique, it’s one of the few places in the world where you have a regular flooding season, and people have been living for centuries in that area and adapting on a seasonal basis,” she explained.

She goes on: “But when you’ve got the urban settings, that changes drastically because these gentle rural adaptations just don’t transfer.”

olar panels atop an Intel facility in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo courtesy of Intel via Flickr.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest urban area and economic engine, is of particular concern, as explosive growth has led planners to develop swampy areas to the south and east that previously acted as floodplains.

“Recently, because the city is expanding and because that land is cheap, billions and billions of dollars in investment is pouring into these areas,” Merryweather said. “This is where it becomes a game-changer.”

The Saigon River, a broad, shallow waterway that flows through the city, is already causing high-tide flooding in several districts, leaving roads and businesses swamped even without any rain. This issue is expected to be exacerbated by sea level rise.

“So you combine all of this, the fact that you’ve got billions of dollars in investment in low-lying areas, and flooding reserves being built on, so you’re going to lose that function they’ve always had in the flood cycle, and then with sea level rise it’s a recipe for disaster,” Merryweather stated.

While much of the information regarding climate change in Vietnam is dire, there is reason for hope. Lai explained that UNDP studies have found that the country retains massive potential for renewable energy, the development of which could help offset damage caused by greenhouse emissions.

“We found that Vietnam has available up to 85,000 megawatts of solar, and 21,000 megawatts of wind,” he shares. “If we combine these two figures and if Vietnam can develop all of them before 2050, for example, and we compare it with the figure of total electricity to be installed in Vietnam by 2030, which is 130,000 megawatts, it’s actually very close.”

A young farmer inspects his shrimp on an intensive shrimp farm in Long An Province, Vietnam. Image by Zoe Osborne for Mongabay.

This will take immense investment from both the public and private sectors, but the energy is there for the taking.

Lai’s message for individuals, meanwhile, is to get educated.

“People need to be more aware and enrich their knowledge about the change in climate,” Lai said. “It’s coming faster and becoming more difficult to predict, so we need to prepare…and express that knowledge so that we can protect ourselves, our relatives and the people.”

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EU timber deal in firing line

Soth Koemsoeun | Publication date 15 October 2018
The Phom Penh Post

Logs hauled onto a Vietnamese transporter in O’Tang for delivery to Vietnam in February last year. EIA

A committee of more than 20 national and international organisations filed a petition to the EU on October 10 to prevent it from signing a timber trade agreement with Vietnam, noting that the deal would be disastrous to the Kingdom’s forests.

The petition claims Vietnamese timber traders bribed provincial officials and logged illegally, forcing indigenous peoples to sell their ancestral land cheaply.

It also claims that at least 300,000 cubic metres of timber were stolen from Cambodia’s eastern provinces over six months and exported in unprocessed round logs – illegal in Cambodia since 1996.

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/eu-timber-deal-firing-line?fbclid=IwAR2Ybx6l_FsGK1CXGukhEI6zgTBM7ppp-UC2oaawhyAaQPQvaObBMJTrZXE

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Ambassadør Peter Lysholt Hansen er død, 67 år gammel

Fhv. ambassadør i Hanoi Peter Lysholt Hansen er død d. 18. oktober 2018 i Hanoi. 
Han var ambassdør i Vietnam 2004 – 2010.

Thomas Bo Pedersen: Peter Peter Lysholt Hansen 1951-2018. Engang var du min chef, og  siden blev du min ven. Du fik udrettet de utroligste ting i dit liv. Billedet her er fra 2005, hvor du huserede på ambassaden i Hanoi. Dine seks år i Vietnam gik ikke stille af. Din afskedssalut til Vietnams premierminister under et stort donormøde i 2010: “Korruptionen i Vietnam er blevet værre i Deres regeringstid!” I årenes løb har der været utallige gode stunder med dig og din familie.
Da du fik vished for, at du ville tabe kampen mod metastaserne, brugte du de sidste energireserver på at sikre (din kone) Lien og Khoi. 
Du ville hjem til Liens fødselsdag, og du nåede det lige. Samme dag – den 18. oktober kl. 22:55 sov du lige så stille ind i Liens arme. 
På tirsdag (24/10) bisætter vi dig i Hanoi. Efter bisættelsen skal du kremeres, og din aske bliver strøet i Den Røde Flod. Som du har villet det.
Hvil i fred. Du har om nogen fortjent det.

Thomas Bo Pedersen: MINDEORD ved ambassadør Peter Lysholt Hansens død den 18. oktober 2018 i Hanoi.

https://globalnyt.dk/content/mindeord-om-peter-lysholt-hansen

Ambassadør John Nielsen, Yangon, skriver mindeord om ambassadør Peter Lysholt Hansen.

https://globalnyt.dk/content/mindeord-om-peter-lysholt-hansen

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Hà Nội sigter mod at blive attraktiv destination for europæiske turister

Travel enterprises from Europe learn about lacquerware of Việt Nam as a part of the trip. — VNS Photo Hương Thảo

Update: October, 12/2018 – 12:00 – Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI – En delegation af 25 rejsevirksomheder fra Europa søger muligheder for at arbejde med vietnamesiske partnere for at fremme turismen under en kendsgerningstur for at opdage Hà Nộis turistattraktioner fra 4. til 14. oktober.
Repræsentanter fra forskellige lande, herunder Frankrig, Holland, Schweiz, Italien, Spanien, Belgien, Østrig, Tjekkiet, Danmark, Norge, Polen og Tyrkiet mødtes med lokale rejseselskaber onsdag.
Vietnamesiske rejseselskaber præsenterede deres produkter for at søge samarbejde med partnere fra Europa.
Hà Nội Department of Tourism og National-flag-carrier Vietnam Airlines var vært for arrangementet.

Besøget er en del af forbindelsesaktiviteter mellem turisme og flyselskaber med det formål at øge samarbejdet og fremme af turisme på stedet gennem interregionale turistprodukter, ifølge direktør for afdelingen Trần Đức Hải.

“Det skaber også en mulighed for vietnamesiske turistmål og rejser virksomheder til direkte at introducere deres produkter til internationale partnere,” sagde han.

“Turen forventes at give mulighed for vietnamesiske og europæiske rejsebureauer til at mødes, introducere turismeprodukter og intensivere turismefremme og dermed bidrage til at popularisere billedet af Việt Nam generelt og især hovedstaden.”

Delegationen undersøgte turistattraktioner og turistprodukter fra Hà Nội og omkringliggende områder, herunder Văn Miếu – Quốc Tử Giám (Litteraturkunst), Việt Nam Fine Arts Museum, Hoàn Kiếm Lake, Hà Nội Old Quarter, Thang Long Royal Citadel, Hồ Chí Minh Relic Site på præsidentpaladset og Hạ Long Bay.

Barbara Leitner, leder af Ruefa Reisen Company fra Østrig, sagde, at hun var begejstret under sit første besøg i Việt Nam.

“Hà Nội’s Old Quarter er et godt sted for besøgende at tilbringe tid roaming rundt, opleve udendørs spisesteder og høre lyden af ​​whizzing motorcykler,” sagde hun.

“Det er fantastisk at se travl og improviseret trafik. Jeg tror, ​​at de lokale folks almindelige liv vil være nøglefaktoren for at tiltrække udenlandske turister, fordi de ønsker at opdage den ekstraordinære kultur, som er forskellig fra andre steder og deres hjemland. “

Pinon Herve, repræsentant for Vietnam Airlines i Paris, har besøgt Hà Nội omkring 10 gange, og har altid været imponeret over hovedstaden’s traditionelle kultur og fransk arkitektur.

Han tilføjede, at med stort potentiale og samarbejde mellem lokale og europæiske virksomheder vil Hà Nội være et ideelt sted for europæiske turister.

Hà Nội hilste næsten 20 mio. Turister ankomster i de første ni måneder af dette år, en stigning på 9,2 pct. På årsbasis. Af det samlede antal er udenlandske besøgende anslået til 4,3 millioner, en stigning på 20 procent fra år til år og tegner sig for næsten 40 procent af det samlede antal udenlandske turister til Việt Nam.

I år forventer Hà Nội at byde velkommen til mere end 25,4 millioner turister, herunder 5,5 millioner udlændinge. – VNS

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Nyt hospital i Bao Loc indviet søndag 23. september

Det ny provinshospital i Bao Loc i Vietnam blev søndag 23 /9 blevet indviet. Direktør Dr. Thanh skriver i mail “For nylig har regeringen investeret VND33 milliarder for at opbygge flere manglende emner på det nye hospital. Alt arbejde på det nye sygehus skulle være afsluttet senest november 2018, og overførslen til hospitalet er planlagt til 31. december 2018.  I  forrige uge overførtes desinfektions-afdelingen for at tage spildevandet til test af spildevands-behandlingssystem.”

DVFs indsamling “Hospitalsudstyr til Vietnam” støtter hospitalet med udstyr og hjælper med vedligeholdelse af udstyret.

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Banh mi – iconic Vietnamese street food

Banh mi is becoming the most beloved Vietnamese street food. With its typical flavor, Banh mi in the Old Quarter of Hanoi has established a reputation among both locals and foreign tourists.
VIETNAM NET 17/08/2018

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Mekong Delta farmers struggle with floods

Vietnam News – Update: August, 02/2018

A farmer trying to save crops impacted by early floods in Hồng Ngự District, the Mekong Delta province of Đồng Tháp. 
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HÀ NỘI – Farmers in Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta provinces are struggling to fight floodwaters caused by heavy rains, rising tides and water released in the wake of a dam breach in Laos.

Mekong countries have also discharged water from their reservoirs after the dam breach in Laos, causing water levels to rise in the delta, Trần Bá Hoằng, head of the Southern Institute of Water Resources Research, told vietnamplus.vn.

The water level was expected to peak at 3.4-3.6m, he said.

According to Người Lao Động (The Labourer) newspaper, thousands of hectares of rice and cash crops in An Giang Province had been submerged in An Phú, Tịnh Biên, Châu Đốc and Tân Châu, causing huge losses to farmers.

Trần Anh Thư, director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said flooding caused by the rising level of Mekong River would occur earlier than usual this year.

The provincial agriculture sector has instructed localities to closely monitor the weather and tides in order to inform people of when they would need to harvest crops not protected by dyke systems.

Local authorities had been helping farmers to upgrade dykes, drain water from rice fields and harvest crops quickly to minimize losses, Thư said.

Võ Hùng Kiệt, vice chairman of the People’s Committee of Thạnh Hưng Commune in Long An Province, said the flood water was rising by 5-7cm each day but the dyke system was incomplete, so farmers had no time to harvest  tens of hectares of rice.

At a recent meeting on natural disasters in the Mekong River Delta, Nguyễn Trường Sơn, deputy head of office of the Central Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention, said localities had been instructed to closely monitor the situation and provide updated information to authorized agencies and local residents.

He also asked provinces in the Mekong Delta to prepare disaster response plans and be ready to evacuate, and the provinces of Đồng Tháp, Long An and An Giang to harvest the early summer-autumn rice crop, especially in low-lying areas.

According to forecasts, water levels in the Mekong Delta will continue to rise quickly over the next 2-3 days due to floods from upstream, but then recede due to low tides.

Water levels will peak at 3.7m at the Tân Châu Station on the Tiền River and 3.7m at the Châu Đốc Station on the Hậu River by August 18.

Regarding the situation in the North, Sơn said the Central Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention was also monitoring floods in the Bùi and Hoàng Long rivers and directing local authorities to ensure the safety of dyke systems and key irrigation works.

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