HOC – Nguyễn Thị Vĩnh 4

I really caused my mother lots of headaches. As my father passed away very early in my life, my mother brought us up all by herself. At 17, I got addicted to heroin all the while my mother was trying to make ends meet. After many failed attempts to admit me to rehab, she chained me up in the middle of the house to stop the addiction. I struggled until I bled. The next day, she put parts of the inner tube of a bike around the chains to lessen the pain. But still without any success! Since then until I got to nearly 40 years old, I completely exhausted the family’s resources. Our family’s lands were being cut up for sale to pay off debts. Without any money to buy heroin when the craving came, I again screamed at my mother!

Green One UN House, 304 Kim Ma, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi, Viet Nam