The news of General Vo Nguyen Giap’s death has saddened all local people in Dien Bien province as the national genius General has had irreplaceable position in the Vietnamese hearts.

Considering General Giap as their father, head of Muong Phang village Lo Van Uong said people in Dien Bien province had indebted to General Giap for not only freeing them from French colonists but helping them in poverty reduction process as well.

Muong Phang is located northeast of the city of Dien Bien Phu and contains the historical relic site of the Dien Bien Phu Campaign Headquarter.

For people in Dien Bien, General Vo Nguyen Giap has long time been their “ guardian” who organised the army that ended more than 70 years of French colonial rule in Indochina, dealing a humiliating defeat to a French garrison in a 55 day siege of the mountain –ringed outpost at Dien Bien Phu.

Early October 5, Muong Phang villagers gathered at the chief village’s house to commemorate their “guardian”. Holding firmly the picture of General Giap in her hand, the 100 year old woman Lu Thi Doi recalled her working times with General Giap. Doi said General Giap had guided her how to persuade Dien Bien’s ethinic groups to help the Dien Bien Phu campaign.

The Muong Phang village chief said General Giap was always caring how to improve living conditions for ethnic people in the area. General Giap and his family helped villagers to build school for children. General Giap, personally, made great effort to help local people have Loong Luong irrigation reservoir.

Local people now have schools, hospitals and convenient roads thanks to President Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen Giap, said the 80 year old man Mua A Sau.

“ We wish General Giap could be with us at the 60 th anniversary of Dien Bien Phu victory in 2014. Now we understand that our wish could never come true.” Sau said in a deep sorrow.-VNA