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The Vietnamese victims of UK truck tragedy

AFP spoke final month to a number of households of Vietnamese nationals feared to be among the many 39 people discovered dead in a refrigerated truck in southeast England final month.

British police have now confirmed their names. Listed here are profiles of some of the victims, many of whom got here from the identical space of Vietnam:

Hoang Van Tiep, 18

From Dien Chau district, Nghe An province.

After Tiep dropped out of excessive school, he advised his household he wished to work abroad as an alternative of changing into a fisherman in his coastal house province.

He left together with his cousin Nguyen Van Hung — who additionally died — a 12 months in the past for France the place he labored as a dishwasher.

On October 21, two days earlier than the truck was discovered, he wrote to his household asking them to get $13,000 to pay to smugglers for his journey to the UK, the final they heard from him.

He carried nothing however 500 euros ($550) in his pockets and the garments on his again.

Nguyen Van Hung, 33

From Dien Chau district, Nghe An province.

Together with his sights set on the UK, Hung acquired a falsified passport final 12 months and took off with out telling his dad and mom.

Travelling by way of Russia, he snaked his approach westwards to France.

He referred to as his dad and mom on October 21 asking them to get cash collectively for his crossing into the UK, telling them he did not have any baggage — simply the garments he was carrying.

Pham Thi Tra My, 26

From Can Loc district, Ha Tinh province.

In her closing chilling message to her mom My stated: “I’m sorry Mom. My path to abroad doesn’t succeed. Mom and dad I love you so much! I’m dying because I can’t breathe.”

The be aware was despatched simply hours earlier than the our bodies have been found within the refrigerated trailer.

My left house on October 3, apparently going into debt to fund her journey overseas.

“Please try to work hard to pay the debt for mummy, my dear,” she wrote to her brother Pham Manh Cuong.

Le Van Ha, 30

From Yen Thanh district, Nghe Anh province.

Ha left behind his spouse and two youngsters for Europe en path to Britain the place he hoped to earn sufficient cash to assist his young household.

His youngest son was born simply three months in the past, after he left house.

Ha flunked out of police school, then tried rice farming and inside design earlier than deciding to set off.

The household final heard from him on October 21. “I’m about to board a car to Britain. I’ll contact the family when I arrive in England, Dad,” he wrote to his father.

– Cao Tien Dung, 37 –

From Dien Chau district, Nghe An province.

The father-of-two and former barber left Vietnam in June 2008 for Europe, settling in Germany the place he labored as a supply man.

“He worked very hard but could not earn much money,” his sister Cao Thi Hao advised AFP.

He went to France on October 20, and final messaged house two days later to say he was going to Britain.

– Cao Huy Thanh, 37 –

From Dien Chau district, Nghe An province.

Thanh labored in a hen processing plant in Romania the place he moved in March 2019, leaving his 4 youngsters behind.

He went to Germany then the UK on October 22 together with his pal Cao Tien Dung, who additionally died, writing house for a closing time.

“He told us to burn incense for our ancestors and pray for his good luck,” his spouse Thai Thi Giang stated.

– Bui Thi Nhung, 19 –

From Yen Thanh district, Nghe An province.

An avid Facebooker, Nhung left house two months earlier than she went lacking, together with her sights set on Britain.

Her feed was full of selfies and snaps of bubble tea and noodle soup as she travelled throughout Europe, till her web page went silent two days earlier than the doomed truck was discovered.

– Nguyen Dinh Luong, 20 –

From Can Loc district, Ha Tinh province.

One of eight youngsters, Luong had been dwelling in France since 2018 the place he labored as a waiter.

A couple of weeks earlier than he died he referred to as house to say he was heading to the UK to work.

A relative posted a determined plea on Fb after he went lacking: “His characteristics: 1.62 metres, weight about 58 kg. He has a tattoo on his left bicep.”

– Bui Phan Thang, 37 –

From Hong Linh district, Ha Tinh province.

This was Thang’s second journey abroad for work, after a stint in Tawain as a labourer a number of years in the past.

The father of three final referred to as house on October 21, telling his household he was stepping out to purchase groceries.

“My husband is a very nice man. He doesn’t smoke, he doesn’t drink. He has always taken good care of us,” his spouse Nguyen Anh Hong advised AFP.

– Nguyen Huy Hung, 15 –

From Nghi Xuan district, Ha Tinh province.

Hung left his rural village for the UK the place his dad and mom each reside.

His sister, who lives in South Korea, posted on Fb that her younger brother was lacking and believed to be within the truck.

– Nguyen Dinh Tu, 27, (police gave his age as 26) –

From Yen Thanh district, Nghe An province.

A former army recruit, Tu is believed to have travelled from Germany to Britain the place he deliberate to fulfill his father-in-law who helped to rearrange his journey.

Tu’s Fb web page says he lives in Berlin and includes a profile image of a clean-cut man in a black turtleneck.

– Vo Ngoc Nam, 28 –

From Yen Thanh district, Nghe An province.

Nam labored in Romania for a number of months earlier than heading to the UK.

His household lost contact with him a number of days earlier than the truck was discovered.

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