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Exhibition features moving photos of AO/dioxin victims
  • By Cong Binh | | July 24, 2013 03:00 PM
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Hundreds of photos and objects concerning Vietnamese Agent Orange AO/dioxin victims are on display at an exhibition in Danang City.


AO/dioxin victims at the Hai Duong Social Protection Centre

The event, themed “Agent Orange (AO), Sense and Justice”, opened July 23 and is scheduled to end August 10. It is the largest-ever exhibition of this kind in the city.

Between 1961 and 1971, the US army used 80 million litres of toxic chemicals, including AO with and dioxin, covering nearly one quarter of southern Vietnam and causing tremendous health and environmental damage.

Up to 4.8 million Vietnamese people were exposed to AO/dioxin, around 3 million of whom suffered serious effects. In some cases, as many as 15 members of a single family were victims. The effects do not end with those who were exposed. AO/dioxin can have effects going to the fourth generation from the individual exposed.

Hundreds of thousands of deaths have been attributed to the chemical in Vietnam.


Tran Quoc Hoan, born in 1975, suffers from myasthenia and hemiplegic condition due to his father's contact with AO/dioxin. He has tried to overcome his health problems and won 18 Paragame prizes at the national and provincial levels.


Despite facing myasthenia, Le Van Hung, 23, in Thanh Hoa Province gets around with his hands. He cook and does other chores to help the family.


Pham Thi Vuong, born in 1978 in Quang Ngai Province, weighs only 12 kilogrammes and is only 0.8 metres tall. She was born with a hemiplegic condition, but still tries to do work around the house and sell items to bring in extra income.


Vu Duc Tao of Thanh Hoa Province has three children who are affected by AO/dioxin.


A plastic can used for toxic CS chemicals of the US army


A mask and oxygen cylinder used by the US army before discharging AO/dioxin


Barrels of toxic chemicals at the US army at DanangAirport in 1973


Military force preparing to clear AO/dioxin at Danang Airport



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