The life of many worries of the Central people


Quang NgaiThe New Year is coming, but many families in the Central are full of worries; The joy is not yet complete because relatives may not return to celebrate Tet.

Photographer Tam Bui collaborated with Bo Laughing to create a set of photos depicting the lives of people in Central Vietnam in the days before Tet.

In Tra Bong (Quang Ngai) – where Tam Bui made the photo shoot, Tam Bui found that the life of a part of the people “did not laugh”. Most families have young men and men leaving villages to work as workers or plantations … Last year, the influence of Covid-19, natural disasters, storms and floods made people’s shoulders The people here are heavier, from the material loss, leading to the spiritual influence.

Their relatives work away from home, due to the epidemic effects, some of them have stopped working and are postponed, so they have returned to their hometown for a period of the year. On the other hand, in 2020, when natural calamities occur heavily in the Central region, many people plan to stay and work part time for Tet to earn more income.

Below are pictures of the lives of people in the village located in the high mountains, with only 35 households, recorded by Tam Bui.

Ms. Ho Thi Le’s family (22 years old) has 8 people. The husband works far away, while the sisters, mother and young children remain at home. Whoever hires something, often she works as a hired laborer, such as picking tea, peeling cinnamon, crushing acacia bark, planting acacia … The roof is covered with steel poles but the above is clear by bamboo poles to avoid storms blowing the roof.

Le's mother sits in a small room, which is both a place to sleep and a storage room.  The houses here are very short and lack windows.  They have to store it like this to avoid storms.  Life without laughter has stuck with her for many years not only because relatives work far away, but also often encounter natural disasters, floods, ... difficulties accumulating difficulties.

Le’s mother sits in a small room, which is both a place to sleep and a storage room. The houses here are very low and lack windows to avoid storm winds. Life “without laughter” has stuck with her for many years not only because her relatives work far away, but also often encounter natural disasters, storms, floods … accumulated difficulties.

Ms. Linh (29 years old) has 4 young children.  Husband Linh works coffee in the South.  Linh alone raised 4 children at home

Ms. Linh (29 years old) has 4 young children. Husband Linh works coffee in the South. Linh alone raised 4 children at home.

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Every afternoon, Linh often went to the back of the house, holding his youngest child, still unable to walk, and glanced at the other side of the mountain. Through mountains, rivers, new roads to where her husband works – she heard him say.

Every day, Linh goes to cut firewood, pick green tea in the back garden to sell to traders.

Every day, Linh goes to cut firewood, pick green tea in the back garden to sell to traders.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Le (52 years old) is raising two grandchildren.  Ms. Le's wife and daughter are both working far away.  The son-in-law works in Saigon, while the girls work as hired labor in another province.  In the photo is her oldest grandchild, 12 years old this year.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Le (52 years old) is raising two grandchildren. My wife and my daughter are both working far away. The son-in-law works in Saigon, while the girls work as hired labor in another province. In the photo is her oldest grandchild, 12 years old this year.

With a temporary roof and many shortages, she continues to work every day to support her grandchild.  She also hopes that this Tet, the couple and the daughter will return to their hometown to visit me, because it has been a long time since we saw them ...

With a temporary roof and many shortages, she continues to work every day to support her grandchild. She also hopes that this Tet, the couple and the daughter will return to their hometown to visit because it has been a long time since they met them.

The woman is both a mother and a father

The woman is both mother and father – a common sight in village houses.

When the housework is over, the woman has time to take care of her young child.  Just wandering around in the village to the house, it was all day.

When the housework is over, the woman has time to take care of her young child. Just wandering around in the village to the house, it was all day.

I get used to it all the time, at the end of the year it returns and then at the beginning of the year I will go back to the South.  But why do I worry this year it probably won't come back too uncle ... - she said.

“I get used to it all the time, at the end of the year he will come back to the South at the end of the year. Why am I worried that he won’t come back this year,” said an old woman.

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From the elderly to the children in the village, they all look forward to news from the city that they should know for sure every year that their relatives will return to the village to celebrate Tet before New Year’s Eve.

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Image: Tam Bui

The life of Tra Bong people in the days bordering Tet - 22

With the desire to support car tickets for young people, workers, workers, patients and family members of patients with difficult circumstances in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City to return home to celebrate Tet with their families, Con Bo Laughing Center of the National Volunteer Center – Central Vietnam Youth Union kicked off the project of the trip to Tet “Union’s smile”.

The Smile Cow also organized the activity “Contributing thousands of smiles – Giving reunification joy” on facebook until the end of January 29. Participants can both receive gifts at the beginning of the year and join hands for wheelchair trips starting from February 3 to the central provinces.

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