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This picture reflects our "Lop Hoc Tinh Thuong" — Vietnamese terms for "The Love Class" in English.

On March 24, 2006, the NGƯỜI VIỆT newspaper in California has published online an article about our LOVE CLASS in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The article by reporter Trần Tiến Dũng has prompted some mails to us, asking to see the class in pictures.

I am not a certified teacher, but I cannot close my eyes at the lack of basic maternal language to Vietnamese children in town. I stood up to convert the humble and limited education I had to the next generation. I don’t get pay for the task, and Vietnamese children in this "red-light district" have suffered enough; they need to be shed a light; they are thirsty for being able to speak correctly their parental language. My class is free of charge. We kept the class running by my income as Angkor tour-guide, and by the benevolence of those whose hearts felt pain at the situation of these kids.

Most of my students’ mothers are prostitutes in this town. They speak Khmer, live in Cambodia but are not recognized as a person. The Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh does nothing to help Vietnamese in Cambodia, nor do Cambodian authorities. These human beings do not have a birth certificate or an ID card. They are subjected to be massacred any time as happened many times in the past. And they are subjected to poverty, illness, hunger and illiteracy. This status has been named as the floating misery.

For the complete report on our class in Vietnamese language, please refer to Người Việt Online or the following links:

* Part 1
* Part 2
* Part 3

I do hope that someone will donate the time to translate this article to help non-Viet friends understanding our situation. We appreciate your help.

Sincerely,

Bui Hoang Sang

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