A Vietnamese worker was shot dead by armed robbers in Angola and his family is receiving no support as he worked there illegally.
Le Van Que, 32, from Ha Tinh Province in central Vietnam, died on October 4, according to the Vietnamese embassy in Angola.
The embassy is asking for donations from other Vietnamese workers in the country to help send his body home as his family is too poor to afford the transport.
Illegal workers and their families are not entitled to financial support from the state.
Hoang Ngoc Tham, a Ha Tinh official, told Phap Luat newspaper that Que left for Angola with his brother and friends a year ago, soon after his wife was pregnant, hoping to lift his family out of poverty.
“He sent home some money but it’s not even enough to cover the loan he borrowed to pay for the trip,” Tham said.
Vietnamese labor suppliers were allowed to send workers to Angola in early 2014.
But many people in central Vietnam started going there to escape poverty several years ago with short-term, unofficial contracts at construction sites. They face daily threats from armed robbers on the street.
At least 32 workers from Ha Tinh and neighboring Nghe An Province have died in Angola since March 2013 due to accidents, illnesses and robberies, Phap Luat reported, citing official data.
All of them were illegal workers and thus received no help or protection from the local authorities.