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Deputy Minister Doan Mau Diep attends the memorial ceremony and delivery of Friendship Medal to Mr. Milo Roten


In the morning of January 10, 2013 in Ben Tre province, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, People’s Committee of Ben Tre province and the family of the late Milo Roten has solemnly organized the memorial ceremony and delivery of the Friendship medal to Mr. Milo Roten, for his active contribution and dedication to the friendship between the peoples of Vietnam, Germany and Austria.

     Participants to the ceremony include Mr. Doan Mau Diep, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Mr. Vu Xuan Hong, Chairman of the Vietnam Friendship Association, Mr. Nguyen Van Nghia, Vice Chairman of People’s Committee of Ben Tre province, Madam Gertrude Roten Osztovits, and his two children. There are also representatives of local and central authorities and friends and colleagues of Mr. Milo Roten.
     Mr. Milo Roten (15 April 1935 - 25 July 2012), former Vice Chairman of the Vietnam-Austria Friendship Association, former Vice Chairman of the Vietnam – Germany Friendship Association, a big friend of the Vietnamese people. He had actively contributed in humanitarian activities and supports to the Vietnamese, who is in disadvantage conditions, especially the children throughout the country. From 1975, he received Terre des hommes projects and started activities to support the Vietnamese children who are victims of the American chemical warfare. According to available statistics, the total amount that Terre des hommes contributed through its projects in Vietnam is 20 millions of German marks, with around 6,000 beneficiaries, most of them are children. Kindergartens, classes for women, projects for rehabilitation support to disable children… are found throughout the countries with deep impression of Milo Roten.
     In Ben Tre only, Milo Roten had directly involved in fund raising to support construction of schools and health centers in districts of Giong Trom, Chau Thanh and Mo Cay. Milo Roten has expressed his desire, before his passing away, that he wishes his remains should be scattered on one of the Mekong branch in Ben Tre province. To respond to his aspiration, with the authorization of the Prime minister, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs organizes the memorial ceremony of Milo Roten, scatter his bone ashes, deliver the Friendship Medal to Milo Roten’s family and opening of Luong Hoa kindergarten, a school sponsored by Milo Project fund at Giong Trom district, Ben Tre province.
     In his speech at the ceremony, Deputy Minister Doan Mau Diep shares his deep condolences to Milo Roten s’ family, friends and colleagues. The Deputy Minister confirms that “within over 40 years of his life, with his heartfelt dedication and capability, Mr. Milo Roten identified his life objective is to devote his time and efforts to fight against the illegal, crude war against the Vietnamese, along with his dedication to support effectively the Vietnamese through useful activities to the disadvantage groups, including the disabled, women and children in special conditions. His passing away left behind a big sorrow in the heart of the Vietnamese. His noble course will be remembered forever, appreciated, we remember and respect a good, faithful friend who spends his whole life to support us until his last day”.