Vietnamese disabled to get more Australian aid

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Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd Wednesday announced an addition of AU$4 million (US$4.2 million) to a fund that aids the disabled, including mine victims, in Vietnam and other countries.


According to an announcement that Rudd made when visiting the Ho Chi Minh City Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Center (ORC), Vietnam will receive AU$1 million from the Australian government's additional contribution to the International Committee of the Red Cross's Special Fund for the Disabled.


ORC is supported by the fund, which has received over AU$5 million from Australia since 2006, according to a press release from the office of the Australian Consulate-General.


During his visit, Rudd also attended the opening ceremony of the residential center of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in HCMC, and visited a memorial site for Vietnamese martyrs in the southern province of Ba Ria Vung Tau.


Later the same day he met with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, and his Vietnamese counterpart, Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Gia Khiem in Hanoi.


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