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Vietnam

Vietnam, sometimes spelled Viet Nam officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is bordered by the People's Republic of China (PRC) to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, and to the east the South China Sea, referred to in Vietnam as East Sea. With a population of over 89 million, Vietnam is the 13th most populous country in the world.

The Vietnamese became independent from China in AD 938 after their victory at the battle of Bach Dang River. Successive dynasties flourished along with geographic and political expansion deeper into Southeast Asia, until it was colonized by the French in the mid-19th century. Efforts to resist the French eventually led to their expulsion from the country in the mid-20th century, leaving a nation divided politically into two countries. Fighting between the two sides continued during the Vietnam War (referred to by the Vietnamese as the American War), ending with a North Vietnamese victory in 1975.

Even though the end of the "America War" is long past the economic and physical and emotional effects are still felt today. According to UNICEF there are about 1 million disabled children in Vietnam. Putting that in context, every 90th person living in Vietnam is a handicapped child under the age of seventeen. Agent Orange sprayed in the 60's and 70's invaded the ecosystem and the national gene pool, impacting the countryside and the people even today.
It is into this context UniReach's donors provided educational opportunities and prosthetic devices for the disabled and poorest of the poor.

 

 

 

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