Nguyen Ngoc, a strong looking 82-year-old man, is famous in Vietnam for his novels depicting the country's brave people in the wars against the French and the American in Central Highlands. He is now leading the fight in a new front, a tireless campaign to stop a project in which Chinese companies are heavily involved in Central Highland, known as Tay Nguyen in Vietnam.
I travelled with Spirit of Soccer's founder, Scott Lee, and his five talented coaches to Poipet, located on the Thai-Cambodian border. As we rumbled up the narrow road, flying past huts squatting on stilts above stagnant swamps, and old ladies selling rice stuffed into roasted bamboo straws, he tells me that this region sits in the middle of the 'T5 mine belt'.
It's a loose comparison, but sometimes I think that people who get executed these days are like those killed right at the end of a war. Another day, another month ... and they might survived. I say this because when you look at the figures for capital punishment around the world, you can see there's a strong trend toward abolition.