Katy Perry advocates for "incredible dreams" of Vietnamese children

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry gives her scarf to Ka Da Khang while visiting the Phuoc Thanh Commune Health Centre in Ninh Thuan Province.

US Singer-songwriter Katy Perry says that disadvantaged Vietnamese children deserve the right to see their "incredible dreams" for the future, become a reality.

The international star and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador, was speaking after visiting one of the poorest and remote regions of the South East Asian country.

Matthew Wells has more.

Katy Perry visited rural Nihn Thuan province in late May, and called for an increased international focus on the children being left behind, in one of Asia's fastest-growing economies.

She saw for herself some of the work being done through UNICEF programmes aimed at ending exclusion for children with disabilities, and improving water, sanitation and hygiene.

She said that it was "heartbreaking" to meet a grandmother who had been left to care for four grandchildren after her daughter died.

It was only thanks to a UNICEF-trained outreach worker, said the star from the United States, that one of the grandchildren, a five-year-old called Linh, had recovered from severe malnutrition.

Another focus of her visit, was to meet children from ethnic minorities, which account for around 15 per cent of the country's population.

Those who don't speak Vietnamese as their first language had faced exclusion and limited opportunities, but UNICEF is now working with the government, said Ms Perry, to help break down barriers.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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