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Sunday, 07 January 2018 23:58

A Gloomy Future


It was already after 2pm when she came home, a little girl exhausted as she hadn't eaten all day, and had been moved from one office to another, one medical exam to the next, repeating her rape story over and over, and being stared at by curious strangers. The Medical staff refused to allow an abortion until they received the full report from the police officers in charge of her case. She had another medical appointment for the following Monday, no doubt it would be yet another insult added to her trauma.




Her cheerfulness and smiles that she had last night were now replaced by fatigue and discontent. Day by day she was becoming more vulnerable. The loneliness and suffering in her eyes touched my heard. I wanted to reach out and hug her, to save her from the invisible bonds that still tortured her. "Please call me whenever you need to talk, promise?". She nodded, quietly.

Tomorrow this poor little girl would have to make a decision. Whether to keep the unborn child or opt for an abortion. Why would a little girl ever have to make a decision like this, a decision far beyond her comprehension? Would she ever be able to draw happy light from such a gloomy future?

OBV Vietnam

July 21, 2017

Translated by Jacqueline Huynh and Mr. Phung.  The original version in Vietnamese entitled "Ngày Mai Của Con"

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