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Vietnamese mother, daughter who lived out of mausoleum deported
Central News Agency
2014-05-07 10:19 PM
Taipei, May 7 (CNA) A Vietnamese mother and daughter who attracted public attention after being discovered living in squalid conditions at a mausoleum were deported from Taiwan Wednesday, but the 48-year-old mother hopes to come back some day. The woman, surnamed Nguyen, and her eight-year-old daughter, reported on in the media by the nickname Ling Ling, cried as they embraced immigration and social welfare officials at the airport before their departure. The Taiwanese man who had been living with the pair at the Taoyuan County cemetery for the past year, surnamed Chung, went with them to the airport and promised to visit them in Vietnam and would look into getting married to bring the two back to Taiwan, according to the Chinese-language Apple Daily. Nguyen, who came to Taiwan in 2003 for work and run away from her employer after less than a year, thanked the Taiwanese public for their support over the past few months. "I can't believe that people have shown their care for me, even though I was a runaway worker," Nguyen said. "I will never forget this my whole life." The officials who have been assisting the pair gave Ling Ling a stuffed panda and a school bag before sending the two off. Nguyen, who goes by the Chinese nickname A-shui, absconded from her job after just 10 months and later met Chung, but they ran into financial and health problems that forced them to begin living at the mausoleum of one of Chung's ancestors. Authorities conducted a DNA test later that confirmed Chung was not Ling Ling's father. During their stay at the graveyard, the family drank well water and slept on a "bed" made from tree branches because Chung, who is in his 70s, could not find stable employment due to poor health. Nguyen turned herself into immigration authorities in February. After their ordeal was made public in March, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said it received numerous calls from people who wanted to help. The Taoyuan County government helped the trio find a place to stay, assisted with medical help and ensured Ling Ling went to school. Over NT$200,000 (US$6,641) was also raised and given to Ling Ling and her mother. NIA official Liu Yen-hui said the pair had to be sent back to Vietnam because Nguyen was an illegal overstay and Ling Ling is not a Taiwanese citizen. The NIA said the mother-daughter pair could return to Taiwan again if Chung marries Nguyen and adopts Ling Ling. (By Chiu Chun-chin and Christie Chen)
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