2 days from the final goodbye to her son, condemned drug trafficker Nguyen Tuong Van, Mrs Nguyen Kim’s hair has began to turn white.
She has lost weight and numbingly accepted the inevitability of her son's fate. Her spirit has been crushed. But there is more sorrow for her yet as she will have to collect her son’s corpse on Friday.
But the man facing the noose, according to friends, seems to be charged with revitalised energy, and has prepared himself for death.
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