Farewell to a good friend of Việt Nam

The funeral for Dr. Madeleine Agnes Sharp, a British woman who spent decades developing humanitarian aid operations in Việt Nam, took place January 27 in the city of Coventry, England, Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) newspaper reported.

Born in 1921, Sharp studied at EdinburghUniversity with the dream of becoming a doctor.

But after being a nurse in the British Royal Army, she decided to spend the rest of her life campaigning for peace.

Dr. Sharp is one of many Coventry citizens who joined the movement protesting American involvement in the Việt Nam War that ended in 1975.

Doctor Madeleine Agnes Sharp

In 1965 she became a supporter of the Medical Aid Committee for Việt Nam, which later became the charity Medical and Scientific Aid to Việt Nam, Laos and Cambodia (MSAVLC), and started to attach herself to humanitarian works in Việt Nam.

During 20 years between 1989–2009, as the Chairman and Honorary Secretary to MSAVLC, Dr. Sharp paid many visits to Việt Nam, figuring out practical ways to help Vietnamese people and children in rural areas.

Some of MSAVLC’s major humanitarian activities in Việt Nam include the Highland Education Development organization, which provided training for more than 1,500 midwives in eight northern mountainous provinces to reduce fatality rates among mothers and newborns.

MSAVLC also provided prosthetic arms and legs for victims injured by bombs in the war, cataract operations and cleft lip and palate surgeries, and provided medical assistance to child victims of Agent Orange.

At the tribute ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Vũ Quang Minh said over the past half century, doctor Sharp became one of Việt Nam’s best friends.

He said she made great and tireless contributions to Việt Nam’s struggle to liberate the nation and its development after the war.

Her noble virtue was not only recognized by the Vietnamese Government’s Order of Friendship in 1992 and a series of other medals given out by various ministries, but would also be remembered by the people of Việt Nam, Laos, and Cambodia, he said.

Source: Thanh Niên News

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