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Inmates' speical meal on Reunification Day in prison

Jasmine Le Jasmine Le

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May 02, 2021 | 09:07

The special meal is an occasion for all inmates to feel a sense of home, share their inner feelings and celebrate the Reunification Day during their imprisonment.

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Inmates' speical meal on Reunification Day in prison
(Photo: VOV)

On April 30 morning, the Supervisory Board of Quyet Detention Center (Son Duong district, Tuyen Quang province) prepares a special meal for over 1,000 prisoners on the occasion of the Reunification Day (April 30).

Inmates' speical meal on Reunification Day in prison
(Photo: VOV)

Earlier on April 29, 739 inmates were given a reduced prison sentence, of which 221 were released.

Inmates' speical meal on Reunification Day in prison
(Photo: VOV)

This is not only a gathering to celebrate the national holiday, but also an opportunity to encourage those inmates who stay.

Inmates' speical meal on Reunification Day in prison
(Photo: VOV)

Pham Quang Linh, 22, has been serving his sentence for 7 months for disrupting social order. Linh still has nearly 3 years of detainment ahead.

Inmates' speical meal on Reunification Day in prison
(Photo: VOV)

"The meal is reminiscent of my mother's foods," Linh said.

Inmates' speical meal on Reunification Day in prison
(Photo: VOV)

This is the first time Linh has a celebration meal in prison.

Inmates' speical meal on Reunification Day in prison
(Photo: VOV)

Meanwhile, Pham Van Thang and his wife have spent 9 Reunification Days in prison. In the photo, Thang is preparing beef bourguignon.

"Seeing others released from their imprisonment makes me happy and sad at the same time. I will try to serve a good sentence in the last 1 year ahead to return with my family soon," Thang said.

Inmates' speical meal on Reunification Day in prison
(Photo: VOV)

Le Quang Minh has been spending 6 years in prison.

Inmates' speical meal on Reunification Day in prison
(Photo: VOV)

Squash is among his most favorite veggies in prison," he told VOV.

Inmates' speical meal on Reunification Day in prison
(Photo: VOV)
Inmates' speical meal on Reunification Day in prison
(Photo: VOV)

"I'm very happy. You know, us prisoners spending time preparing foods and eating together is such a wonderful time," Minh was quoted as saying.

Inmates' speical meal on Reunification Day in prison
(Photo: VOV)

"It feels like home. We have been serving sentences together, encouraging one another. The meal makes us feel less homesick," Pham Quang Linh, 22, said.

Inmates' speical meal on Reunification Day in prison
(Photo: VOV)

The meal is prepared all by the inmates themselves.

Inmates' speical meal on Reunification Day in prison
(Photo: VOV)

In one year, there are 4 occasions the prisoners can enjoy such celebration meal, which are New Year, Lunar New Year, Reunification Day, and Independence Day.

Inmates' speical meal on Reunification Day in prison
(Photo: VOV)

"The meal is an opportunity for the inmates to share their inner feelings and be inspired. It also shows the Government's care towards the violators.

Inmates' speical meal on Reunification Day in prison
(Photo: VOV)

Each inmate is given 17kg of rice, 15kg of veggies, 1kg of pork, 1 kg of fish and spices in one month.

Inmates' speical meal on Reunification Day in prison
(Photo: VO
Inmates' speical meal on Reunification Day in prison
(Photo: VOV)

Foods are stored in cabinet like this.

Inmates' speical meal on Reunification Day in prison
(Photo: VOV)

Many foods are cooked from "homegrown" ingredients.

Inmates' speical meal on Reunification Day in prison
(Photo: VOV)

Many inmates said cooking at kitchen corners makes them feel like they are at home.

Inmates' speical meal on Reunification Day in prison
(Photo: VOV)

In the history of Vietnam, April 30th, 1975 is the day that marks the fall of the Saigon government, ending the Vietnam War and leading to the liberation of Vietnam's southern part.

Every year, the country celebrates this day as a commemoration of the reunification between the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in the North and the Republic of Vietnam in the South into the Socialist Republic of Vietnam as we know it today.

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