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Sunday, 26 November 2017 22:11

I Will Run Away....

"Lottery tickets! Get your lottery tickets here!" The feeble cries from a little girl battled the sounds of Saigon traffic. She, like many other children, needed to sell lottery tickets after school to help support her family. She stood under the glaring sun, her voice piecing our hearts.

She was a member of the OBV family, but had since returned to her family 3 years ago. She was now a 12 year old girl. Grown up and more mature. As soon as she saw us, a big smile lit up her face and she ran to welcome us in. "As soon as I heard your voice on the telephone, I knew it was you!" she told us. "This is my uncle Nam...he picks me up to go to school. Do Mother Ngoc and the sisters miss me?!" She spoke a million miles a minute, but it was heart warming to see her genuinely happy.

Proudly, she walked through her neighbourhood, telling all her neighbours of the people from far away who had traveled to visit her. She was talking about when she was a proud member in the OBV household when she suddenly became very serious. "Please don't tell Uncle T. about my education while I was at OBV". 

Although her past was history and old news, her desire to come back to OBV to be with Mother Ngoc and her sister was always present. "If he doesn't let me go, I will run away where he won't be able to find me or beat me," she naively explained to her mother. It was her mother's brother who beat her mother and forced her to withdraw her daughter from OBV to bring back home. 

"I was selling lottery tickets yesterday and lost a lot...they took so many tickets but only paid for one," she said, looking worried. 

I could only guess what her future would hold. It should be more than just selling lottery tickets under the hot sun.

We finally said goodbye to the family, the little girl begging her mother to allow her to come with us. The mother sadly shook her head. 

But as we left, we could hear the neighbors consoling the little girl's cries. "We'll talk to you mother....."

NH - OBV Vietnam

Sep 18, 2017

Translated by Jacqueline Huynh and Mr. Phung.  The original version in Vietnamese entitled "Hông Được Thì Mình Trốn Đi - Sao Biết Mà Đánh?!!"

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