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Desperate Vietnamese Are Committing Suicide as Economy Worsens

Nguoi Viet, Posted: Feb 11, 2009

A 32-year-old woman, recently abandoned by her husband, used insecticide to kill her daughter, then committed suicide in Binh Phuc village in the Quang Nam Province of Vietnam. The woman worked in a clothing factory as a seamstress for very low wages and could not make ends meet, according to VietNamNet.

In Vietnam, in the past few weeks, as the economy is taking a serious downturn, the suicide rate has risen. Mr. Thiet Trong of Ha Tinh province, 25, for instance, hanged himself at the beginning of Tet, the Vietnamese New Year. According to economists, nearly 75% of small- and medium-sized companies in Vietnam are facing bankruptcy. More rural people are found on the streets of big cities, and some are found dead in Hanoi due to cold and hunger.

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