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The miserable life of those who want to leave Ho Chi Minh City

The miserable life of those who want to leave Ho Chi Minh City 1

The miserable life of those who want to leave Ho Chi Minh City

On the evening of August 15, Mr. Son, 50 years old, and his wife sadly carried suitcases and sacks of clothes back to a 15 m2 rented room that smelled of mold, rented for 1.5 million VND per month, located in an alley of Binh Hung ward.

Mr. Huynh Van Son and his wife ate noodles at the boarding house after an unsuccessful trip back to their hometown, on August 15.

Half a year ago, seeing his first two children getting married but having financial difficulties, Mr. Son and his wife packed up and left home in Cat Tan commune, Phu Cat district, Binh Dinh to go to Ho Chi Minh City to work as masons to earn money to support their youngest child.

In early June, when Ho Chi Minh City implemented social distancing, construction work was temporarily suspended, and the couple was unemployed.

Every day, staying in a hot rented room with his two grandchildren, Mr. Son has to rely on vegetables, tubers, and rice supported by the neighborhood group.

Before Ho Chi Minh City quarantined for another month, hearing his nephew announce that `a group of fellow countrymen will lead people back to their hometown`, he and his wife borrowed 800,000 VND to get tested, gathered all their clothes and `risked` going home.

`When I went to Saigon to work on lake, I was very excited because I was paid twice as much as in my hometown. Now I’m stuck here, I don’t know what to eat in the next month,` he said as he and his wife held a bowl of noodles.

The miserable life of those who want to leave Ho Chi Minh City

Mr. Do Viet Sau was temporarily accommodated in a rented room, Long Binh ward, Thu Duc city, on August 16.

Like Mr. Son and his wife, half a year ago due to difficult circumstances, Mr. Do Viet Sau left his home in Duc Linh district, Binh Thuan to come to Ho Chi Minh City to work as a construction site guard in District 3, with a salary of 6 million VND per month.

Mr. Sau was detained in a small shack next to the construction site when everyone left.

At 4:00 a.m. on August 15, he left the shack, asked for directions to Highway 1, carrying a backpack containing two sets of clothes, some medicine, a mosquito net, a blanket and a plastic sheet to spread when stopping, along with 600,000 VND for the toll.

Unable to return to his hometown, he was arranged by the People’s Committee of Long Binh Ward, Thu Duc City, with a room of about 12 square meters in the area with two people who intended to drive back to Thanh Hoa.

In the same situation, female worker Le Thi Quynh, 20 years old, and her husband just received one month’s rent from the People’s Committee of Binh Hung Hoa B ward so they can return to live.

The miserable life of those who want to leave Ho Chi Minh City

Ms. Quynh and her husband returned to their 10 m2 room in a situation of no money and no job.

Feeling frustrated, the two borrowed money to fill a 5-liter plastic tank with gasoline, gathered all their belongings and loaded them into the car to go home.

Ms. Quynh and her husband worked as workers sewing jeans for a private factory with an income of 7 million VND each.

No money, no job, both only eat once a day to save money.

Mr. Nguyen Van Duc, Vice Chairman of Binh Hung Hoa B ward, said that in addition to Ms. Quynh and her husband, about a dozen people in the locality also returned home by motorbike.

According to Mr. Le Van Bay, Chairman of the Fatherland Front Committee of Binh Tan district, the locality has more than 350,000 workers living in more than 100,000 rooms.

For unemployed workers who have not received Covid-19 support money, Binh Tan district will provide more than 250 tons of rice, 6,000 boxes of noodles and 40 types of necessities, including: canned food, meat, fish, milk, vegetables…

One of the most successful localities in Ho Chi Minh City is District 12, which has mobilized more than 60,000 landlords to reduce or extend rent to keep nearly 180,000 workers staying.

The miserable life of those who want to leave Ho Chi Minh City

People flocked to their hometowns

People struggled to find a way to leave Ho Chi Minh City on August 15.

This is not the first time people living in Ho Chi Minh City have driven motorbikes to their hometown during the fourth epidemic.

In a telegram dated August 16, the Prime Minister requested provinces and cities that are implementing social distancing according to Directive 16 not to let people return to their hometowns without permission.

In addition, localities do not let people lack food, clothing, or shelter and have practical support policies in the form of money, food, food, etc. so that people can feel secure in staying and complying with the regulations.

If including the one-month social quarantine announced on the evening of August 15, Ho Chi Minh City has experienced more than three and a half months of social distancing at many levels.

During the fourth outbreak, the city deployed two support packages for people in difficulty.

In the second package with a total cost of more than 900 billion VND, Ho Chi Minh City aims to complete disbursement before August 15, but up to now, the support has not been completed, and the payment rate in some districts is still low.

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