NGO work hit in Vietnam by novel coronavirus

The new coronavirus outbreak has claimed an unexpected victim in Vietnam: NGOs and charities.

Human trafficking victims are for instance unable to seek help from the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, a Hanoi-based nonprofit that rescues Vietnamese women and girls trafficked to China for the sex trade and forced labor.

Michael Brosowski, its founder, said: “We are still getting calls for help but unable to reach people. We have to stop [our rescue missions]. We cannot get anyone across the border.”

Vietnamese authorities announced on Monday they would delay the reopening of several border checkpoints with China until the end of this month.

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