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Video Shows Daily Physical Abuse At Center For HIV-Positive Children In Saigon

Tuoi Tre recently published an exposé cataloguing the abuse of HIV-positive children at a care center in Saigon’s Thu Duc District.

The shocking video was filmed over a period of one month at the Linh Xuan HIV/AIDS Care and Support Center and shows nannies hitting children with their bare hands and slippers.

Operating under the Department of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs, the center is home to over 120 kids with HIV, aged three to six, and older kids with mental disabilities.

Based on the images in the video below, instead of providing needed assistance for the frail children, the center’s caretakers physically abused them, especially around mealtime.

Fortunately, the video sparked a public outcry and five of the nannies in the video were suspended yesterday pending an investigation.

Following reports that 73.9 percent of Vietnamese children between the ages of 2 and 14 have been punished violently in some way, last June, the country launched a campaign to bring awareness to the issue.

It looks like there’s still a long way to go.