Sunday, May 25, 2008

Cancer Village, Vietnam

Thanh Nien Daily [Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam]
25 May 2008

Cancer rumor hurts village

The people of Phong Nam Village, 10 kilometers from downtown Da Nang, are just trying to get by.

But now every time they leave the village, they are subject to the jeers of those from neighboring communes who have heard the rumor: “everyone in Phong Nam has cancer.” [...]

“Cancer villages” have become an increasingly common phenomenon in both Vietnam and China, where industrial waste often enters local villages.

But some “cancer village” stories have been fabricated or exaggerated by the Vietnamese media.

Source: SGGP