16/03/2005 00:01 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

The hamlet of twins

Along the Highway 1, 55 km far from Ho Chi Minh City, there is a hamlet in Hung Loc Commune, Thong Nhat District, Dong Nai Province, which is well known for the high twin rate. According to Pham Thi Diep, a physician in Hung Loc Commune’s clinic station, there have been 52 twins born over the past 20 years and the reason of this phenomenon has been so far unknown.

 

 


The two twins in
Hung Loc Kindergarten.


The happiness of Phan
Thi Tuyet Minh, 25 years old, when having a first-born female twin.


Nguyen Manh Toan
and Nguyen Minh Tam, a female and male twin playing with their sister.
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Along the Highway 1, 55 km far from Ho Chi Minh City, there is a hamlet in Hung Loc Commune, Thong Nhat District, Dong Nai Province, which is well known for the high twin rate. According to Pham Thi Diep, a physician in Hung Loc Commune’s clinic station, there have been 52 twins born over the past 20 years and the reason of this phenomenon has been so far unknown.

Visiting the hamlet nearby Hung Loc Church, we met many families having twins. These families live very happily and all of them think twins will bring to their family prosperity and happiness. All the twins look healthy and they are as like as two peas. They usually wear the same cloths, study in one class, play together and even feel sick at the same time. We also met a men twin marrying a women twin.

This high rate of twins in the area is not due to marriages between families who produce twins. In many families with twins the parents come from different regions of the country with no background of twins in the family. It is a rumor that the water in this region consists of a special mineral that helps women get pregnant and produce twins. Hence, many families from Ho Chi Minh City and other provinces come here and fetch water home for drink with the hope that they will become pregnant with twins.

Vietnam Pictorial’s reporter Minh Quoc recently photographed some of the twins from this hamlet.

Story: Le Cuong


The twin sisters of
Yen Nhi and Yen Thi.


Dinh Thi Nhuong with
her 8-year-old male twin.


Le Thi Kim Thoa teaching hernbsp;twin daughters: Mai Thi Thu Thuy and Mai Thi Thu Thuy.nbsp;

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