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Exhibition on Vietnam’s Agent Orange disaster opens in Hue

Exhibition on Vietnam’s Agent Orange disaster opens in Hue

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 11:59 GMT+7
Exhibition on Vietnam’s Agent Orange disaster opens in Hue
A military officer watch photos on display at the exhibition on Vietnam’s Agent Orange disaster ongoing at the Thua Thien – Hue Historical Museum in central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

More than 200 photos, document and artifacts of Vietnam’s Agent Orange (AO) disaster are being on display at a month-long exhibition in Hue, the capital of the north-central province of Thua Thien – Hue.

The event, which kicked off at the Thua Thien – Hue Historical Museum on Thursday, is open to public until November 25.

This year’s biennial exhibit, themed “Da Cam – Luong Tri va Cong Ly” (Agent Orange – Conscience and Justice), is organized by the Chemical Warfare Museum in collaboration with Thua Thien – Hue Historical Museum and the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City.

The display space is divided into four segments for disaster – AO sufferings, how Vietnam overcomes the consequences of chemical war, activities and journey to find justice for the Vietnamese sufferers, and examples of victims that overcame tremendous difficulties.

Coming to the exhibition, audience can understand the severe influences of AO on people in not only Vietnam but other countries in the world also.

A photo of Pham Viet Tuong, 28 years old, an AO sufferer in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam, piggybacked to school by his father on display at the exhibition. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A photo of Pham Viet Tuong, 28 years old, an AO sufferer in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam, piggybacked to school by his father on display at the exhibition. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The chemical AO contains dioxin – one of the most toxic chemicals known to science.

Of the 4.8 million Vietnamese who were exposed to Agent Orange, some three million are still dealing with its effects, including children born with severe disabilities or other health issues years after their parents were exposed, according to the Hanoi-based Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange.

For one decade, from 1961 to 1971, the U.S. military sprayed more than 80 million liters of Agent Orange onto more than ten percent of the land in southern Vietnam as part of its chemical warfare program.

The forest-mountainous districts of A Luoi, Nam Dong, Phu Loc, Phong Dien of Thua Thien-Hue were among the localities suffering many losses in human health and ecological environment.

A photo of Nguyen Thi Thu Hien, the daughter of an AO victim, who overcame her disabilities to become a director at a company, is on display at the exhibition. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A photo of Nguyen Thi Thu Hien, the daughter of an AO victim, who overcame her disabilities to become a director at a company, is on display at the exhibition. Photo: Tuoi Tre
American XM235 ammunition used in the Vietnam War is on display at the exhibition on Vietnam’s Agent Orange disaster ongoing at the Thua Thien – Hue Historical Museum. Photo: Tuoi Tre
American XM235 ammunition used in the Vietnam War is on display at the exhibition on Vietnam’s Agent Orange disaster ongoing at the Thua Thien – Hue Historical Museum. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A photo of Ke Van Bac, an AO sufferer in A Luoi District, Thua Thien – Hue Province is on display at the exhibition. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A photo of Ke Van Bac, an AO sufferer in A Luoi District, Thua Thien – Hue Province is on display at the exhibition. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A student observes artifacts used to avoid AO on display at the exhibition. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A student observes artifacts used to avoid AO on display at the exhibition. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

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