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Nguyen Thanh PHU
Mine Action Visitor Center Manager

Languages: Vietnamese, English

Phu Nguyen Thanh is the manager of the Mine Action Visitor Center, responsible for welcoming Vietnamese and foreign travelers and visitors and briefing them about the history of war, the story of loss, resilience and recovery. Phu explains the continuing threat, and current efforts by the Vietnamese government and military, and international NGOs, to address the problem of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) in Quang Tri Province straddling the former DMZ. 

Phu is also in charge of Project RENEW’s Explosive Ordnance Risk Education Program which provides life-saving UXO awareness, safe behavior guidance for vulnerable groups of boys, girls, men and women who have to continue living with everyday danger imposed by UXO in Quang Tri Province and Quang Ngai province, home to the infamous My Lai massacre during the war.

Phu has attended several professional training courses and workshops on project management, gender and diversity, child rights, governance, etc. in Vietnam and abroad. Before joining Project RENEW in July 2010, Phu worked as a professional licensed English-speaking tour guide for four years. In this role, Phu had widened his knowledge of former battlefields, areas of military operations, and other historical sites in and around the former DMZ. He holds a B.A degree in English.

Apart from work, he loves challenging himself and discovering hilly, bumpy yet scenic roads by bike and with running shoes.