Dang Thi Nu lives with autism in the Friendship Village, near Hanoi, Vietnam. She is blind, mostly deaf, and she cannot speak. Nu’s condition, although complicated and expensive to prove, is believed to be linked to Agent Orange poisoning because her grandfather was exposed to the chemicals while fighting in the American war and her father also suffers from severe mental disorders.
Nu often roams the halls of her living quarters, bumping into random objects. Her caretakers or the other children have to put her back in her room where it is safer for her to wander. Although Nu can’t see she has taught herself to walk up and down the stairs on her own. Nu spends most her days alone in her room without human interaction.