A Vietnamese woman watches a surveyor set up his tripod and instruments under a hot tropical sun to measure plots of land in her village. She isn't sure what the surveyors are doing, but her neighbour said it was to measure her plot so that one day she would get a red book from the government with her name on it as the joint owner of the land and house. It was something no woman in her family had ever possessed. 

3/16/2010
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News.penki.lt: A surveyor has set up his tripod and instruments under a hot tropical sun to measure plots of land in a village where the Dac Kray minority community were settled four years ago. “We used to live on the other side of the hill,” said a young mother with a brood of children around her knees, “ but we were crowded with many generations living under one roof. The government gave us this land four years ago and helped build the houses,” she said, referring to the traditional wooden huts that dotted the unpaved lane.     

Asked if she knew what the land surveyors were doing she said she wasn’t sure but her neighbour had said it was to measure her plot so that one day she would get a red book from the government with her name on it as the joint owner of the land and house. It was something no woman in her family had ever possessed. ...

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