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COVID-19: Expats show gratitude to Vietnam’s frontline forces in photos

Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 10:06 GMT+7
COVID-19: Expats show gratitude to Vietnam’s frontline forces in photos
A collage of 25 photos of foreigners expressing gratitude to Vietnam’s frontline forces in the COVID-19 battle was uploaded to the Hanoi Massive Community Facebook group on April 13, 2020.

Expats in Hanoi have found a heartfelt way, via photos, to express their love and gratitude toward medical workers on the frontline of Vietnam’s fight against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), who have kept them safe during the global health crisis.

The photos were assembled into a larger collage that was uploaded on Monday to Hanoi Massive Community – a Facebook group of over 135,000 expats and locals in the capital city – by one of its members.

In the collage of 25 photos, the foreigners, who come from Portugal, the United States, Ireland, the UK, Egypt, Latvia, India, South Africa, Romania, Fiji and Germany, sent touching messages of gratitude to those on Vietnam’s frontline of battling COVID-19.

“Thank you for your: bravery, self sacrifice, kindness. ‘Thank you’ is not enough. Viet Nam co len!!!” 29-year-old Daina from Latvia wrote in her message, which includes a Vietnamese phrase that translates as ‘Keep trying, Vietnam!’ 

“Because of your strength... I was fearless... Humbly thankful and grateful... Viet Nam co len!!” Klaartjies from South Africa wrote in another message.

“Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! to all VN [Vietnamese] medical, military personnel, grocery store clerks, transportation drivers, government workers for all you do! Viet Nam co len,” reads a message by Connor, 27, from the U.S.

American expats Joe and Becca Phillips and their son, Scotty, pose for a photo with a thank-you message to Vietnam’s frontline forces in the COVID-19 battle in this picture uploaded to the Hanoi Massive Community Facebook group on April 13, 2020.

American expats Joe and Becca Phillips and their son, Scotty, pose for a photo with a thank-you message to Vietnam’s frontline forces in the COVID-19 battle in this picture uploaded to the Hanoi Massive Community Facebook group on April 13, 2020.

Ireland's Odette O'Reilly (left) and American veteran Patrick Furman pose for photos with their thank-you messages to Vietnam’s frontline forces in the COVID-19 battle in these supplied pictures.

Ireland's Odette O'Reilly (left) and American veteran Patrick Furman pose for photos with their thank-you messages to Vietnam’s frontline forces in the COVID-19 battle in these supplied pictures.

According to sources, these messages are parts of the ‘Viet Nam Co Len’ (Keep Trying, Vietnam) mini project initated by Wayne Worrell, a British teacher living in Hanoi.

Participants in the project come from all walks of life in the capital city: a teacher of English, an insurance manager, and a war veteran, to name a few.

Through the heartwarming photos, they would like to send a message of gratitude to the doctors, nurses, military personnel, police officers and volunteers for their ultimate sacrifice to keep everybody safe regardless of nationality.

South Africa's Gianluigi Squeege Nicolosi (left) and British teacher Jason Bonne-Gray pose for photos with their thank-you messages to Vietnam’s frontline forces in the COVID-19 battle in these supplied pictures.

South Africa's Gianluigi Squeege Nicolosi (left) and British teacher Jason Bonne-Gray pose for photos with their thank-you messages to Vietnam’s frontline forces in the COVID-19 battle in these supplied pictures.

(From left) South Africa’s Julia Meyer, Courtney Jordaan and Molly McMiles pose for a photo with their thank-you messages to Vietnam’s frontline forces in the COVID-19 battle in this supplied picture.

From left: South Africa’s Julia Meyer, Courtney Jordaan and Molly McMiles pose for a photo with their thank-you messages to Vietnam’s frontline forces in the COVID-19 battle in this supplied picture.

Vietnam has reported 267 cases of coronavirus infections, of whom 47 are foreigners.

As of Wednesday morning, 169 patients have recovered and been discharged from the hospital.

No death related to COVID-19 has been recorded in the country.

Latvia's Daina Raiskuma (left) and Mohamed Mostafa Shaaban from Egypt pose for photos with their grateful messages to Vietnam’s frontline forces in the COVID-19 battle in these supplied pictures.

Latvia's Daina Raiskuma (left) and Mohamed Mostafa Shaaban from Egypt pose for photos with their grateful messages to Vietnam’s frontline forces in the COVID-19 battle in these supplied pictures.

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