Touching Paintings of Frontline Workers in Covid-19 Battle

A teacher in southern Vietnam draws pictures of real-life moments at the frontline of the Covid-19 battle, saying they are her token of gratitude to the first responders
August 09, 2021 | 08:52
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Touching Paintings of Frontline Workers in Covid-19 Battle
Photo courtesy of Nguyen Thi Hong Yen

Nguyen Thi Hong Yen, 37, an art teacher in Vung Tau city, started to draw the real-life moments she considers touching and memorable in the Covid-19 fight when the second outbreak began last August.

Her paintings mostly depict frontline forces, including doctors and nurses drenched in wet protective suits, police officers bracing hot weather at checking points, or soldiers staying up all night to guard.

Yen also captures the moment small children in baggy protective clothes walk into quarantine centers. Some of her latest drawings are about local people doling out free meals and daily essentials to people in stricken areas.

Touching Paintings of Frontline Workers in Covid-19 Battle
Touching Paintings of Frontline Workers in Covid-19 Battle
Photo courtesy of Nguyen Thi Hong Yen
Touching Paintings of Frontline Workers in Covid-19 Battle
Photo courtesy of Nguyen Thi Hong Yen
Touching Paintings of Frontline Workers in Covid-19 Battle
Photo courtesy of Nguyen Thi Hong Yen

“Covid-theme photos from newspapers have inspired me a lot. My pictures, thus, are updated with the latest happenings,” Yen told Tuoi Tre. “I draw all the pictures with watercolors and pencils. The bright, warm colors bring a sense of hope and love.”

Touching Paintings of Frontline Workers in Covid-19 Battle
Teacher Yen and her students. Photo courtesy of Nguyen Thi Hong Yen

“They also have family and their loved ones. But they are sacrificing themselves, sufferings hardships and dangers to protect the community,” the teacher added.

“I hope my paintings somehow encourage people to be more responsible to help contain the coronavirus.”

Yen wants to express her gratitude and love to those working in the frontline battle through her pictures.

Touching Paintings of Frontline Workers in Covid-19 Battle
Photo courtesy of Nguyen Thi Hong Yen
Touching Paintings of Frontline Workers in Covid-19 Battle
Photo courtesy of Nguyen Thi Hong Yen
Touching Paintings of Frontline Workers in Covid-19 Battle
Photo courtesy of Nguyen Thi Hong Yen
Touching Paintings of Frontline Workers in Covid-19 Battle
Photo courtesy of Nguyen Thi Hong Yen
Touching Paintings of Frontline Workers in Covid-19 Battle
Photo courtesy of Nguyen Thi Hong Yen
Touching Paintings of Frontline Workers in Covid-19 Battle
Photo courtesy of Nguyen Thi Hong Yen
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