Vietnam remembers victims of US chemicals…Posted: August 11, 2009
Vietnam has for the first time launched an annual “Orange Day” to remember the victims of chemical weapons used by the US during the Vietnam War.
The Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange (VAVA) held ceremonies Monday across the country to bring to light the troubles of millions of people who were victims of barbaric chemical warfare used by the United States during the war.
“This day was chosen because the US first sprayed chemicals in southern Vietnam on August 10, 1961,” AFP quoted VAVA official Dao Van Tam as saying.
According to VAVA, at least three million Vietnamese people have suffered the direct or indirect consequences of the spraying of about 80 million liters of herbicide containing hazardous dioxins such as Agent Orange by US airplanes over Vietnam during a 10-year period from 1961 to 1970.
Many Vietnamese people through three generations have suffered a variety of illnesses leading to cancer, birth defects and other unknown disease and malformations.
The US military used Agent Orange, named after its orange-striped containers, to defoliate areas believed to be harboring Vietnamese communist forces during the war.
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