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Vietnamese Catholics struggle to survive pandemic

Christians face stress and food shortages after losing their jobs as the coronavirus outbreak batters the economy

UCA News reporter, Yen Bai

UCA News reporter, Yen Bai

Updated: April 13, 2020 09:18 AM GMT
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Vietnamese Catholics struggle to survive pandemic

A woman waters vegetables in her garden amid the Covid-19 pandemic that has caused food shortages. (UCA News photo) 

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Anna Le Thi Lien whiles away her time surfing social media, chatting with friends on her smartphone and lying in bed except when she’s not cooking and washing clothes.

She goes to the local market once a week and tries to buy vegetables, tiny fish and shrimp at the lowest prices to feed her family.

Lien, 50, also asks for vegetables and fish from her parents three or four times per week. She has to borrow money from friends and relatives to put food on the table and to survive the coronavirus pandemic. Her family need at least 5 million dong (US$214) per month for their basic needs.

“The tight measures to fight the pandemic have been really distressing for us. We have no jobs, lack food and are in distress as we are asked to stay home all day,” said the mother of two, adding that her husband and son suffer stress and insomnia.

“You feel terrible when you must stay in a small house all day and have nothing to do. Our life activities are completely upset.”

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