She was a sexual exploitation case which OBV had followed for more than a year. It was not easy to build trust with the young girl and her great grandmother: they live in the poor countryside over 300km from Saigon. Throughout the last year, OBV visited them four times and made many phone calls to get to know them and encourage them. I knew that it would be very difficult for a great grandmother to send her granddaughter away to the OBV home. She loved her so very much, and she was advanced in age. She said that she wanted her granddaughter by her side until she passed away. However, her love for her granddaughter was greater than her own needs, and she let her go so that she could have a brighter future. Her granddaughter's happiness is also her own.
When all of the paperwork was completed, OBV came to pick them both up. The great grandmother cooked a hearty meal with all her granddaughter's favorite foods. I loved the great grandmother very much; though I knew her granddaughter had a brighter future with OBV, leaving the grandmother alone panged my heart
A bed was the only place in their house to sit on, where they ate, slept, studied…
They came to OBV house - a new home where she felt secure for her niece’s living.
That night's car ride, the two of them could not sleep; perhaps it was the mixture of joy and sadness that is so hard to comprehend..
Translated by Chuyện Người Trẻ and Maria. Original version in Vietnamese entitled:"Chuyến xe đêm"