Nguyen Thi Thu, considered to epit-omise Vietnamese war mothers, died at the age of 106 at her home in central Quang Nam Province yesterday.
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Thu was born in 1904 in Dien Ban District's Dien Thang Commune. Her 10 sons and one grand daughter were all liberation soldiers. They were killed in the resistance wars against France and the United States.
Thu's house used to be a shelter for liberation soldiers who fought in the enemy-occupied area. Five underground hide-outs were dug in her gardens to hide liberation soldiers and dozens of cows were kept to camouflage them.
Thu and her daughter acted as a liaison for the commune's guerrillas, prepared food and lit a small kerosene lamp to signal secret fighters returning home after every battle.
In 2007, on the 60th anniversary of War Invalids and Martyrs Day, a 15.2-metre-high statue to all Vietnamese war mothers was erected in Tam Ky City. It was modelled on Nguyen Thi Thu, who was considered to represent all war mothers.
The centenarian's funeral will be held at the martyrs' cemetery in Dien Ban District on Tuesday. — VNS