Vietnam struggles with high abortion rates as consequence of gender selection: ‘people have to rely on their sons’

Vietnam has the second-highest abortion rate in the world, according to a UN estimate, with girls accounting for most of the aborted fetuses

5 Dec, 2023

Northern Vietnam’s largest cemetery for aborted fetuses stretches over more than 1,000 square metres (10,700 square feet).

Located beside rice paddies in Soc Son district on the northern outskirts of Hanoi, Doi Coc Cemetery is a home for those who never had a chance to live.

Visitors to the cemetery pass through a wall filled with small clay pots before arriving at a cold, abandoned house. Inside, there are two 400-litre freezers, containing about 300 fetuses. Outside, you see tightly packed rows of graves.