Vietnam suspends head of HIV welfare center as staff caught beating children

By Dinh Phu, Thanh Nien News

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Nguyen Thi Kim Tien (L) has been suspended as head of a welfare center for children with HIV in Ho Chi Minh City as a video caught her staffs beating the kids. Photo: Ngoc Le Nguyen Thi Kim Tien (L) has been suspended as head of a welfare center for children with HIV in Ho Chi Minh City as a video caught her staffs beating the kids. Photo: Ngoc Le

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Ho Chi Minh City social affairs department has suspended director of a welfare center for HIV positive children to investigate a case of physical abuse exposed earlier this week.
The Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs said it will suspend Nguyen Thi Kim Tien from her post as director of the Linh Xuan childcare center for two weeks until April 21 for the investigation.
Le Chu Giang, in charge of social welfare at the department, will take over her job during the period.
Her center suspended three caregivers on Monday, hours after Tuoi Tre newspaper released a video, reportedly taken between late January and early March, showing them slapping children of between 3 and 6 years old, pulling their ears and hitting them with a slipper.
The abuse occurred mostly during meals when the women forced the children to eat.
An official from the department said they are listening to the women, the center’s managers and the public to decide how bad the abuse has been going on.
The center’s managers said on Monday following the release of the video that the women have worked at the center for years for no recorded violations.
They said what happened in the video might just them “being angry for a moment.”
 

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