Wealthy delta family gets charity houses amid riled poor

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A high-income family in Dong Thap Province received two charity houses last year and this while poor veterans and senior citizens living in dilapidated hovels suffer nearby.


Le Thi Loan used the homes the People's Committee gave her for breeding cow and storing junk.


One of the houmes has an estimated value of VND10 million (US$513) and the other twice as much.


Loan runs a home business which makes good profit.


Meanwhile, Pham Quoc Son, a war invalid whose four-member family depends on his fixing and cleaning motorbikes, said "I've asked the commune government to consider giving me a house many times, but no one has responded."


Son said his house has been damaged a lot but he doesn't have the money to fix.


The same happened to 13 other families of war invalids and poor people in Tan Ho Co Commune, Tan Hong District of the Mekong Delta province.


Vo Van Dong's family was recorded in the commune archive as a "poor family." Dong says he's had to borrow money from loan sharks to fix his leaking roof.


Dong and his wife, both nearly 60 years old, dig soil and carry soil for other people every day to make ends meet.


They have complained about the houses given to Loan but the commune officials have only gone as far as admitting their mistake. They have promised to give some homes to poor people next year as the quota for this year has been met.


District officials say they are looking into the case.


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