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Stuck at home with school suspended, Nguyen Doi Chung Anh made the most of social distancing in Vietnam by using art to demonstrate tragedy, resilience and chaos in the world's battle against COVID-19.
Nguyen Doi Chung Anh stands next to her painting about COVID-19 at her home in Hanoi, Vietnam, Jun 10, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Kham)
The work of little painter shows how events unfolded globally, depicting the devastation with drawings of the coronavirus attacking landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, Big Ben and the Leaning Tower of Pisa as it spread through Europe, the United States and beyond.
Her pictures also aim to highlight Vietnam’s success in containing the virus after a wave of imported infections, one with a virus-hit passenger plane in the arms of two soldiers and another showing the same flight intercepted by medical workers who spray disinfectant from fighter jets.
Nguyen Doi Chung Anh paints at her home in Hanoi, Vietnam, Jun 10, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Kham)
They refer to the fated flight VN54 which brought in a fresh batch of infected people after Vietnam had declared itself virus-free for three weeks. The country has reported 332 cases and no deaths.
Nguyen Doi Chung Anh works on a painting about COVID-19 at her home in Hanoi, Vietnam, Jun 10, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Kham)
Chung Anh drew herself in one picture about her safety to show appreciation for frontliners, who appear in most of her 11 drawings fighting the virus with shields or blasting it with disinfectant.
Nguyen Doi Chung Anh sits next to her paintings about COVID-19 at her home in Hanoi, Vietnam, Jun 10, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Kham)
“I drew this with hope that they can keep their spirits high to prevent an outbreak,” she said. “This girl is me, here I am drawing and these things are my imagination.”
Her pictures also aim to highlight Vietnam's success in containing the virus after a wave of imported infections. (Photo: Reuters/Kham)
Several pictures feature the Diamond Princess, the cruise ship aboard which hundreds of passengers were infected, and Li Wenliang, the late Chinese doctor and one of the most visible figures of the pandemic, who was reprimanded when he issued early warning about the virus.
Nguyen Doi Chung Anh stands next to her paintings at her home in Hanoi, Vietnam, Jun 10, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Kham)
Chung Anh’s mother, Doi Xuan Hieu, chose that as her favorite.
“I was touched seeing that she can sympathize and acknowledge the sacrifice of the doctors who risked and lost their lives,” she said.
Nguyen Doi Chung Anh stands next to her painting the features an image of the Diamond Princess Cruise ship. (Photo: Reuters/Kham)
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