Mon, Aug 17, 2015 - Page 12 News List

Burned by the system

Like other migrant workers in Taiwan, Vietnamese national A-dao has little legal protection, is forced to work dangerous jobs and has to pay brokers NT$130,000 per contract for the privilege

By Joe Henley  /  Contributing reporter

Hundreds of Taiwanese were horrifically burned in a tragic accident at Color Play Asia in late June at Formosa Fun Coast (八仙海岸) water park. Almost immediately, the New Taipei City Department of Health announced that it would provide assistance to the burn victims.

Though A-dao is just one man, there was no such offer of assistance when he was burned close to the point of death. Now, all he can do is wait, continue enduring the agonizing pain of his rehabilitation sessions and go through surgeries that, if he is left alone to bear the cost, will mostly likely seal his financial ruin for years to come. Still, he remains hopeful that one day the scales of justice will finally tip in his favor.

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