Where the dead help the living

By Trong Nghia
December 24, 2018 | 09:57 am GMT+7 express.vn

In northern Vietnam, old people risk their lives to pick up small notes drivers toss out on a highway to honor the dead.

It’s around noon and Hoang Van Dang sits quietly in a shabby hut on a national highway, his eyes glued to the street.

Then, suddenly, he plunges into the highway before returning with three VND500 and VND2,000 (8.6 cents) currency notes in his palm. The 76-year-old man in a pair of worn-out flip-flops is quick and agile.

Within 10 minutes he runs out to pick up bills five times.

Hoang Van Dang sits in his hut by a national highway that runs near his house in Lang Son Province in northern Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Trong Nghia
Hoang Van Dang, 76, sits in his hut along a national highway that runs near his house in Lang Son Province. Photos by VnExpress/Trong Nghia

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