Close to 6,000 disabled people from Ho Chi Minh City and 13 southern localities gathered at the Suoi Tien Entertainment and Cultural Park in District 9 on November 30 to take part in a camp marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The camp, the 14 th of its kind, was co-organised by the municipal Department of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs and the Suoi Tien Culture and Tourism Joint Stock Company.

With guidance from 300 volunteers, the disabled guests had a chance to join cultural activities and folk games as well as enjoy free meals and beverages.

According to the department’s Deputy Director Nguyen Tuyet Nhung, the camp creates conditions for people with disabilities to meet and encourage each other to overcome difficulties in their lives.

The programme also aims to call on organisations and individuals to show their social responsibilities by helping disabled people to have a better life, she said.

Statistics from the Centre for Disability Research & Capacity Development show that disabled people now account for 15 percent of the country’s population. Ho Chi Minh City alone is home to 44,000 people with disabilities.-VNA