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ICC Note: Catholic activities are restricted in communist Vietnam. Hence when it comes to providing aid, Catholic charity organization Caritas has to stay low and try to pay quick and quiet visits to victims and provide them aid without getting government’s attention. They did so today for flood victims in Mu Cang Chai district of Yen Bai Province.

08/17/2017 Vietnam (UCA News) – Caritas workers are providing emergency aid to flood victims in remote northwestern provinces of Vietnam where activities by Catholics are restricted by the communist government.

Bishop Joseph Nguyen Van Yen, vice president of Caritas Vietnam, led a six-member delegation to visit flood victims in Mu Cang Chai district of Yen Bai Province on Aug.17.

“Local Catholics have not been recognized by government authorities, so we try to pay quick, quiet visits to victims, console them and give them money so that they can deal with their situation,” Bishop Yen told just before the visit.

The prelate said victims badly need financial assistance to help repair houses, buy basic foods and seeds to cultivate crops. Village children also require books and clothes for the new school year starting early September.

Bishop Yen said the delegation would explore the situation faced by local people to make plans to help them in the future.

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