[ti:After British Truck Deaths, Vietnamese Families Wait for News]
[00:00.04]British officials have accused a 25-year-old man of causing the deaths of
[00:06.11]39 people found in a truck near London last week.
[00:11.05]The British man also was charged with taking part in an international human trafficking group.
[00:20.24]British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote a note of support for the victims,
[00:26.02]saying: "The whole nation and indeed the world has been shocked by this tragedy,
[00:32.09]and the cruelty of the fate that has been suffered by innocent people
[00:37.74]who were hoping for a better life in this country."
[00:42.84]In Vietnam, VNExpress reported that 24 families
[00:48.47]from Ha Tinh and Nghe An provinces in north-central Vietnam
[00:54.84]do not yet know whether their children are among the dead.
[00:59.45]Some of the family members have sent pictures of the missing people
[01:04.06]to relatives and friends in Britain to ask for help.
[01:09.60]Pham Van Thin's 26-year-old daughter, Pham Thi Tra My,
[01:15.19]is likely among the 39 people who died in the truck.
[01:21.12]Pham said his daughter had sent her mother a text message saying,
[01:25.53]"I'm sorry Mum. My journey abroad hasn't succeeded. Mum, I love you so much!
[01:32.42]I'm dying because I can't breathe ... I am sorry, Mum."
[01:38.00]Bui Thac's nephew is among those feared to be dead.
[01:42.29]Bui told the Reuters news agency, "Almost all households have someone going abroad.
[01:49.18]Old people stay but young people must find ways to work abroad
[01:54.56]because it's difficult to work at home."
[01:58.44]Without jobs, thousands of Vietnamese from poor areas
[02:02.81]like Nghe An seek a better life overseas each year.
[02:07.84]A major chemical leak three years ago at the Formosa steel factory there only worsened conditions.
[02:17.00]"We decided to let my husband work abroad in 2016
[02:21.10]when the Formosa incident happened," said Anna Nguyen.
[02:25.65]Her husband went to Ukraine, France and then Britain to find work in a nail salon.
[02:33.20]Ha Tinh's state-run newspaper said last month that
[02:37.40]over 40,000 people leave the province each year in search of jobs.
[02:42.99]"People from these provinces have a long history of going overseas to earn money to send back home,"
[02:50.80]said Mimi Vu, an anti-trafficking activist based in Ho Chi Minh City.
[02:58.44]Experts believe human traffickers charge Vietnamese families
[03:02.98]thousands of dollars to send a relative overseas.
[03:07.19]Last month, Britain's Ambassador to Vietnam, Gareth Ward,
[03:12.33]warned of the dangers of trusting human traffickers.
[03:16.54]"They are not friends. They are criminals," he said.
[03:20.56]On the website VNExpress, one person commented,
[03:25.72]"No matter what the country is, this is sad and depressing...
[03:30.36]I think the current life in Vietnam is not too difficult.
[03:35.20]Instead of spending hundreds of millions to go abroad,
[03:39.24]that amount of money in Vietnam could create many jobs."
[03:43.75]I'm Ashley Thompson.