Children in Vietnam go to school six days a week.
The Vietnamese people have a long history of struggle. Many times they have fought for independence from others who wanted to rule them. In 1945, North Vietnam was declared a communist country. There were wars in the region from 1941 to 1985. Soldiers from the United States were part of the fighting during the Vietnam War in the 1960s and early 1970s.
Communist North Vietnam took over South Vietnam in 1975. Many Christians fled because they knew that belief in God is forbidden or discouraged under communist governments. The Communist Party still controls the government. Vietnam’s constitution promises freedom of religion, but the government still controls religious activities.
Many people in Vietnam are Buddhists, many are spirit worshipers, some follow a Vietnamese religion called Cao Dai, and some follow no religion at all. Read the chart Comparing Vietnam’s Cao Dai Religion and Christianity to learn more about Cao Dai.
The Communist Party still controls the government. Vietnam’s constitution promises freedom of religion, but the government still controls religious activities. Bibles are not printed in the languages of some Vietnamese tribal groups. Christians from other countries smuggle Bibles into the country for the Christians to read.
Tribal Christians and Christians who belong to churches that do not register with the government face the worst persecution. Arrests and fines for these Christians are common. Sometimes Christians hide their Bibles and read them in secret. They also worship and are baptized secretly.