DNA test to decide fate of 8-year-old girl from mausoleum: NIA
Central News Agency
2014-03-05 11:18 PM
Taipei, March 5 (CNA) The fate of an eight-year-old girl who had been living in a mausoleum in Taoyuan County with her family will be decided by the results of a DNA test that will determine whether her father is Taiwanese, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said Wednesday. The girl, nicknamed Ling Ling, is the daughter of an illegal Vietnamese female immigrant, who turned herself in to immigration authorities last month. The NIA said the child is currently in the care of Taoyuan County's Social Welfare Bureau, which will give her further assistance once it is determined that her father is Taiwanese. However, if the DNA test proves otherwise, the child will be deported with her mother, a 48-year-old Vietnamese worker surnamed Nguyen who absconded in 2004. Over the past year, Nguyen had been living in a mausoleum with her Taiwanese partner and her daughter, who does not have a resident permit and has never attended school, the NIA said. Nguyen told the NIA that her partner, who is around 70 years old, does not have a stable job because of his poor health. She said the family of three drank well water and slept in the mausoleum on a "bed" made from tree branches. The NIA said that despite the poor living conditions, Nguyen was a devoted mother who taught her daughter Chinese, Vietnamese, some English and math. The woman also took care of her sick partner, the NIA said. Moved by Nguyen's plight, NIA officers have raised NT$20,000 (US$660.38 ) to pay her airfare and overstay fine. "I want my daughter to be able to go to school even if I have to be deported," Nguyen told NIA officers. (By Chiu Chun-chin and Maia Huang)
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