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Hanoi – Vietnam   03/02/2021 In an initiative to lessen the effects of covid pandemic, some capable people in Vietnam, have innovated "Rice ATM" that provides rice for free to the poor and unemployed who got affected by the pandemic. The new machine is semi-automated and mixes human and machine procedures, as people wait in line keeping the distance using hand sanitizer first. Then every individual is registered and their ID gets checked to make sure they need support, finally, they step on a button to release the rice in bags. It is stated that companies have installed these machines in public places in other Vietnamese cities.
Cu Chi ward, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam  11/12/2020  Cassava root is a starchy root vegetable and rich in minerals and fiber. It was discovered by the Vietnamese fighters during the 1954-1975 war as it was a new primary source of food to survive during the battles. As the war ended, cassava trees enjoyed peaceful conditions to grow up in many places. Although the Vietnam War has ended 45 years, the Vietnamese, in the Cu Chi district, northwestern of Ho Chi Minh City, southern Vietnam, has still favored cassava roots, turning them from a lacking food in wartime to a popular snack and special dishes in restaurants also it is profitable for farmers.
Cu Chi province, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 23/11/2020  The secret tunnel, dug by Duong Van Tron’s father underneath his house, in Cu Chi province, northwest of the Ho Chi Minh city was the zone of the fierce Vietnam war in((1954-1975, is one of the significant tunnels that changed the course of the war and was the headquarter of Saigon Special Force. Duong Van Tron, the owner of the house that has the secret tunnel, tells the details of the “Tet” attack, in 1968, between the American troops, the South Vietnam Liberation Army, known by “Viet Cong” and South Vietnam troops in Saigon. The attack started when a Death Squad of 17 guerillas managed to break into the US Embassy which had the most tightened security, to kill and wound hundreds of American and South Vietnam’s troops. He added that such secret tunnels had a significant role in the victory of the North side in the war As they used it to hide during the war, routes of communication and supply, hospitals, food and weapon caches, and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters.    
Tay Ninh province, Vietnam 07/11/2020 In Vietnamese life, spiritual values have always been highly regarded, sometimes even far better than material ones. Therefore, religion plays an important role in the culture of this Southeast Asian country. Besides popular imported faiths; like Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. There are also indigenous beliefs such as Veneration of the Dead, Worship of Mother Goddesses, and Caodaism which could be the most special one. Ninety kilometers from Vietnam’s biggest city of Saigon, in the southwestern Tay Ninh province bordering Cambodia, the Cao Dai Holy See or the Great City of God locates. One of the largest religious sanctuaries in the world, which is twice larger than the Vatican City. The headquarters of the Cao Dai Religion features about 20 buildings with complete bodies of the religious legislature, executive and judiciary; temples and gardens; schools and hospitals; offices and residences; archives and warehouses; and even jungles with wild monkeys. Caodaists almost control themselves in every aspect of their religion and daily life.  The term “Cao Dai” literally means “High Palace” where God the Father, representing by the Divine Eye, reigns over the universe. This religion’s official name is The Third Great Universal Religious Amnesty, and its fundamental objective is the unity of all faiths. In Caodaist theory, throughout human history God the Father has revealed his truth many times. The previous two Religious Amnesties saw the rise of many religions such as Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism. Now Caodaism has come as the embodiment of the Third Amnesty to unite the traditions of these two former periods.  The fact of collecting and mixing other religions’ elements in Caodaism can be seen in the Great Divine Temple at the center of this holy city. At first glance from afar, we see twin towers of the front facade resembling a Catholic church. On the roof in the middle, there is a half-dome resembling an Islamic mosque. The dome is painted with the world map and has a dragon-horse statue of Taoism. And the tower in the back resembles a Hinduist temple. Not only a holy land for pilgrimage, but Cao Dai Holy See is also one of Vietnam’s major tourist attractions and welcomes millions of visitors every year. Especially, witnessing a Noon Mass here is always on the top list of almost every tour. Caodaism was born in the French colonial time, banned for a while after the Vietnam War, Caodaism officially resumed the government’s legal recognition and unrestricted practice in 1997. Today, about five million followers in Caodaist communities could be found across Asia, North America, Europe, and Australia. There are even some Caodaist studies in the colleges in the USA and Bangladesh.     
Hai Phong city, Vietnam 30.09.2020 Tuberculosis remains one of the most common diseases in Vietnam, and has taken the largest share of this disease among 30 countries as it kills about 17,000 of its citizens annually, double the number of annual deaths from traffic accidents. Although this disease can be prevented There is no cure for TB. However, half of people with TB in Vietnam do not receive treatment, especially the poor, homeless, communities of drug addicts and people with HIV / AIDS. Government medical care centers, along with NGOs and self-care groups, provide medical support and food aid to homeless TB patients who live under bridges in cities and poor areas.  

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