Man takes care of pregnant women, buries thousands of fetuses

VietNamNet Bridge - Not only do they collect thousands of abandoned fetuses, some workers have encouraged many unmarried women not to give up their babies and take care of them for free during their pregnancy.



Người nuôi 35 thai phụ, gom hàng nghìn hài nhi trên núi

Many people in Khanh Hoa province know Mr. Tong Phuoc Phuc, a middle-aged man who collects aborted fetuses at hospitals in the province to bury on the mountain. Phuc began doing this charity task in 2001, after burying an abandoned fetus he found at a banyan tree.

Người nuôi 35 thai phụ, gom hàng nghìn hài nhi trên núi

He bought a small plot of land on Mount Hon Thom (Nha Trang) and began collecting and burying aborted fetuses. To date, the cemetery named Dong Nhi has up to 11,000 graves.

Người nuôi 35 thai phụ, gom hàng nghìn hài nhi trên núi
Người nuôi 35 thai phụ, gom hàng nghìn hài nhi trên núi

For over 10 years, Phuc has worked as a construction worker during the day. At night he goes to hospitals to collect aborted fetuses to bury in his own cemetery.

Người nuôi 35 thai phụ, gom hàng nghìn hài nhi trên núi

Recently, he transferred the Dong Nhi cemetery to a local pagoda and bought a 11,000 m2 piece of land in Dien Lam commune, Dien Khanh district of Khanh Hoa province to set up a second cemetery.

Người nuôi 35 thai phụ, gom hàng nghìn hài nhi trên núi

The graves in the second cemetery.

Người nuôi 35 thai phụ, gom hàng nghìn hài nhi trên núi

Each grave is 40 cm2 wide and can contain up to 500 fetuses. The ill-fated fetuses are laid in terra-cotta pots, noted with the day they died. These are the two fetuses Phuc collected from hospital on August 10, 2015. "I cannot identify them as male or female so I named them Paolo and Maria. In a few more days I will lay the gravestone on their grave," he said.

Người nuôi 35 thai phụ, gom hàng nghìn hài nhi trên núi

He hires a worker to clean the cemetery and burns incense.

Người nuôi 35 thai phụ, gom hàng nghìn hài nhi trên núi

The cemetery is divided into two zones. In the photo is the zone for graves of the fetuses whose parents built after their babies were collected and brought here by Phuc. 

Người nuôi 35 thai phụ, gom hàng nghìn hài nhi trên núi

Phuc uses Christian names to name the fetuses.

Người nuôi 35 thai phụ, gom hàng nghìn hài nhi trên núi

“Some young girls, knowing that I collected their babies and buried them here, came to see me. They cried a lot and told me that their parents forced them to have an abortion," Phuc said.

Người nuôi 35 thai phụ, gom hàng nghìn hài nhi trên núi

Phuc said in 2006 - 2007, he collected about 30 fetuses a day. He decided to find young women who planned to abort to advise them to not go through with it.

Người nuôi 35 thai phụ, gom hàng nghìn hài nhi trên núi

He built a small house on a plot of land of 800 m2 in Hon Nghe village, Vinh Ngoc commune, Nha Trang city as shelter for women with unplanned pregnancies. 

Người nuôi 35 thai phụ, gom hàng nghìn hài nhi trên núi

He is taking care of five women from Lai Chau, Hung Yen, Quang Tri, Ban Me Thuot and Cam Ranh. Previously, he took care of 30 other pregnant women and and six months after they delivered birth.

Người nuôi 35 thai phụ, gom hàng nghìn hài nhi trên núi

All of the five women are very young and unmarried.

Người nuôi 35 thai phụ, gom hàng nghìn hài nhi trên núi

Phuc also brings up 18 abandoned children at his home on Phuong Sai Road, Nha Trang City.

Người nuôi 35 thai phụ, gom hàng nghìn hài nhi trên núi

The expenses for the kids and the five pregnant women is about VND100 million (nearly $5,000) per month. It comes from Phuc and his family’s income and donations of individuals and enterprises.


Người nuôi 35 thai phụ, gom hàng nghìn hài nhi trên núi

The kids live in a warm home with laughter. This is not just a home, but also a kindergarten.




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Man takes care of pregnant women, buries thousands of fetuses
 
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