The Ho Chi Minh City Association for Agent Orange/Dioxin (AO) Victims on Saturday held a camp involving 200 AO victims and 1,400 people to mark the 52nd anniversary of the start of the chemical warfare program in Vietnam also known as Vietnamese Agent Orange Victims Day.
Offering free medical checkups to AO/Dioxin victims was the highlight of the camp titled “Công lý cho búp măng da cam” (Justice for AO victims).
Also, the association was in collaboration with Ho Chi Minh City TV Channel (HTV) to make a TV program titled “Ân Tình Làng Cam” (Gratitude in AO villages) to raise funds for building homes, providing medical treatment, and offering vocational training courses to AO/Dioxin victims in Xuan Thoi Thuong commune in the rural district of Hoc Mon.
A photo exhibition titled “Hành trình cam” (AO journey) is open to public from Aug 9 to 15 at the HCMC Youth Cultural House, the War Relics Museum, and the Women’s Culture House.
For one decade, from 1961 to 1971, the US military sprayed more than 18.2 million gallons of Agent Orange onto more than 10 percent of the land in southern Vietnam as part of its chemical warfare program. The chemical AO contains dioxin – one of the most toxic chemicals known to science.
It is estimated that more than 4.8 million Vietnamese were exposed to AO/dioxin. Many of them have died while millions of their descendants still suffer the effects of the chemical defoliant.