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Editorial: Still battling Agent Orange Salisbury Post Wednesday, June 30, 2010 Thirty-five years after the the Vietnam War ended, Agent Orange continues to haunt the United States — proof that withdrawal from a war zone does not halt its impact. More...

 

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Still counting the casualties of Vietnam War, 35 years later Bob Edgar. Washington Post - On Faith. June 9, 2010  America's faith communities have a long and important history of helping their members more deeply understand the implications of war, as well as our collective responsibility to our fellow human beings. More...

 

Photos from the trip.

 

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Senator challenges VA's coverage of 3 new illnesses linked to Agent Orange Chicago Tribune June 8, 2010. By Jason Grotto and Tim Jones  Citing the billions more it will cost, Sen. Jim Webb asks VA secretary for explanation as he freezes funds to pay for expansion of coverage More...

 

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The 50 Worst Inventions  - Agent Orange. Time Magazine May 27, 2010

 

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Vietnam, US still in conflict over Agent Orange By Ben Stocking, Associated Press Writer. Statesmen Journal. May 19, 2010 CAM TUYEN, Vietnam — Her children are 21 and 16 years old, but they still cry through the night, tossing and turning in pain, sucking their thumbs for comfort.

Tran Thi Gai, who rarely gets any sleep herself, sings them a mournful lullaby. “Can you feel my love for you? Can you feel my sorrow for you? Please don’t cry.” More... (photo above by AP photographer David Guttenfelder)

 

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VA laboring under surge of wounded veterans Chicago Tribune, April 11, 2010, by Jason Grotto and Tim Jones  Tribune finds increase in claims, outdated compensation system threatening well-being of those who fought for their country. More...

How the Tribune calculated the numbers Chicago Tribune. April 11, 2010. By Jason Grotto The analysis underlying the Tribune's story on U.S. veterans' disability claims is based on data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that includes more than 3 million claims and nearly 12 million diagnoses as of Jan. 5, 2010.

Cost of fighting wars felt decades later

 

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Washington Monthly Special Report:

 

Introduction: A Legacy Revisited
Agent Orange is still damaging lives in  Vietnam. The time has come for America to act. by Walter Isaacson

Agent of Influence
The realpolitik case for compensating Vietnam. by Geoffrey Cain and Joshua Kurlantzick

The Environmental Consequences of War
Why militaries almost never clean up the messes they leave behind. by Clay Risen

A Hard Way to Die
Why hundreds of thousands of Vietnam vets with Agent Orange–related  diseases have been made to suffer without VA health care. by Phillip Longman

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Veterans' benefits entangled in red tape. by Amanda Carpenter. Washington Times. December 31, 2009.  Leading Democrats like to hold up the Veterans Benefits Administration as an example of how well government can provide health care. But veterans who deal with the complex federal bureaucracy have invented an unhappy refrain to describe the VBA:  "Deny, deny until you die." More...

 

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Agent Orange Poisons New Generations in Vietnam

 

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Chicago Tribune Series

Agent Orange: A Lethal Legacy

 

Five part series on the impacts of Agent Orange on US Veterans, Vietnamese and the environment of Vietnam. 

 

 

 

Part 1:  For U.S., a record of neglect Agent Orange's lethal legacy: Poisonous defoliants still exact a toll in U.S., Vietnam Chicago Tribune - By Jason Grotto and Tim Jones. December 4, 2009.  (Tribune photo by Kuni Takahashi / June 25, 2009) In central Indiana, two sisters struggle through another day, afflicted by a painful condition in which their brains are wedged against their spinal cords. They are in their 30s, but their bodies are slowly shutting down. More...

 

Video: Vet's Daughters cope with toxic    inheritance. By Chris Walker Produced by Peggy Draver. 

 

 

Video: In Vietnam, family grieves 12 lost children

- Photography and Video by Kuni Takahashi.

 

 

Interactive Map: View spraying missions in Vietnam by date and location U.S. troops, Vietnamese nationals exposed to dangerous chemicals  By Jason Grotto, Chris Groskopf, Ryan Mark, Joe Germuska and Brian Boyer | Tribune staff Dec. 4, 2009

 

Photo Gallery: The Legacy of Agent Orange -


 

 


Part 2: Agent Orange's Lethal Legacy For Vietnam War veterans, injustice follows injury  Chicago Tribune -  By Tim Jones. December 6, 2009. Jack Cooley delivered his final argument in a long, distinguished legal career from a hospital bed.

Sidebar:  Agent Orange's lethal legacy: The next generation:  Children of male veterans face a tougher fight for help from government By Tim Jones December 6, 2009

 

Jack Cooley: Felt betrayed by his government Jack Cooley: Felt betrayed by his government Video by Chris Walker Produced by Peggy Draver

 

 

Ted Hutches: His daughters' lives 'destroyed' Ted Hutches: His daughters' lives 'destroyed' Video by Chris Walker Produced by Peggy Draver

 

 

James Sprandel: Legs drained of their strength James Sprandel: Legs drained of their strength Video by Chris Walker Produced by Peggy Draver

 

 

Victor Gomez: Afflicted with Parkinson's disease Video by Chris Walker Produced by Peggy Draver

 

 

George Claxton: Made dioxin his life's work Video by Chris Walker Produced by Peggy Draver

 

Part 3: Agent Orange: Birth defects plague Vietnam; U.S. slow to help:  U.S., Vietnam split over whether defoliants used in war are to blame By Jason Grotto - Tribune Reporter December 8, 2009.  The sun beats down on Dao Thi Kieu's straw hat as she hunches over thin strands of bright green rice plants, pulling them from beds submerged in muddy water and replanting them elsewhere.

These are the same paddies Kieu tended as a teenager during the Vietnam War, and she still remembers the planes that came in the mornings to spray Agent Orange and other defoliants while she worked. More...

Sidebar: Public-private group has plan in the works to resolve issue By Jason Grotto - Tribune Reporter December 8, 2009.

 

Sidebar: Bickering blocks search for causes of congenital deformities By Jason Grotto - Tribune Reporter December 8, 2009.

 

 

 

Hospital lies at heart of birth defect controversyHospital lies at heart of birth defect controversy Photography and Video by Kuni Takahashi.

 

 

Vietnam says millions still feel war's impactVietnam says millions still feel war's impact Photography and Video by Kuni Takahashi.

 

Part 4: Agent Orange's lethal legacy: At former U.S. bases in Vietnam, a potent poison is clear and present danger:  Bases remain polluted from defoliants, underscoring the urgency of a solvable problem By Jason Grotto Tribune Reporter. December 9, 2009. When a small Canadian environmental firm started collecting soil samples on a former U.S. air base in a remote Vietnam valley, Thomas Boivin and other scientists were skeptical they'd find evidence proving herbicides used there by the U.S. military decades ago still posed a health threat.

But results showed levels of the cancer-causing poison dioxin were far greater than guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for residential areas. More...

Jungles another casualty of spraying missionsJungles another casualty of spraying missions Photography and Video by Kuni Takahashi.
 

Part 5: Agent Orange's lethal legacy: Defoliants more dangerous than they had to be: Papers show firms didn't act on data to reduce toxicity By Jason Grotto and Tim Jones Tribune Reporters. December 17, 2009. As the U.S. military aggressively ratcheted up its spraying of Agent Orange over South Vietnam in 1965, the government and the chemical companies that produced the defoliant knew it posed health risks to soldiers and others who were exposed.

That year, a Dow Chemical Company memo called a contaminant in Agent Orange "one of the most toxic materials known causing not only skin lesions, but also liver damage."More...

The hazards of dioxin in the environmentThe hazards of dioxin in the environment Video by Chris Walker Produced by Peggy Draver

 

Interactive Map: View spraying missions in Vietnam by date and location U.S. troops, Vietnamese nationals exposed to dangerous chemicals  By Jason Grotto, Chris Groskopf, Ryan Mark, Joe Germuska and Brian Boyer | Tribune staff Dec. 4, 2009

 

Map: Agent Orange and South Vietnam

Max Rust and Phil Geib/Tribune

 

 

 

 


Toxin in Agent Orange still polluting South Vietnam, study says Chicago Tribune - September 13, 2009. By Jason Grotto. HANOI, Vietnam - -- Results from a new study show that herbicides used by U.S. forces during the Vietnam War continue to pollute the environment and pose a health threat more than three decades after the last shots were fired. More...

Survey: Dioxin levels high in Vietnam near US base - September 11, 2009. Associated Press. By Ben Stocking.  HANOI, Vietnam — New environmental tests confirm extremely high levels of dioxin, the toxic ingredient of Agent Orange, in people, fish and soil near a former U.S. air base where American troops stored the herbicide during the Vietnam War. More...

 


US, Vietnam Open Annual Agent Orange Meetings - September 10, 2009. Associated Press.  HANOI, Vietnam — Vietnamese and U.S. scientists wrapped up their annual meetings on Agent Orange on Thursday, launching a task force to examine health issues in areas where the defoliant was used during the Vietnam War. More...

Vietnam, US launch health panel on Agent Orange - September 10, 2009. Associated Press. HANOI, Vietnam — Vietnamese and U.S. scientists wrapped up their annual meetings on Agent Orange on Thursday, launching a task force to examine health issues in areas where the defoliant was used during the Vietnam War.

The panel will begin by focusing on programs to aid the disabled in Danang, a city on the central coast where troops used to mix, store and load Agent Orange onto planes at a former U.S. base, now the site of the Danang airport. More...


Clean up after Agent Orange - September 2, 2009. Boston Globe.     THE APOLOGY last week of former US Army Lieutenant William Calley, who was convicted in the killing of hundreds of civilians at My Lai during the Vietnam War, was long overdue. But a more important step in the righting of wrongs left over from that war would be a greater US role in rectifying the health and environmental problems caused by the defoliant Agent Orange. More...


Report Sees Agent Orange Link to More Illnesses

New York Times - By Jane Lorber. July 24, 2009.

An expert panel reported on Friday that two more diseases may be linked to exposure to Agent Orange, a defoliant used by the American military during the Vietnam War.  People exposed to the chemical appear, at least tentatively, to be more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease and ischemic heart disease, according to the report. More...

 


Through the Forest, a Clearer View of the Needs of a People  New York Times - By Christie Aschwanden Published: September 18, 2007. A LUOI VALLEY, Vietnam — Phung Tuu Boi reaches down to inspect one of the spiny shrubs lined up in a row before him. A few feet away, a cow grazes serenely in this emerald valley in the hills of central Vietnam. More...


The Last Battle of Vietnam Time Magazine, March 12, 2007 by Walter Issacson. Clean up after yourself.  It's a rule that we learn early in life. Now, more than 30 years after the U.S. pulled out of Vietnam, the time has come to follow that rule. More

 


The Vietnam Syndrome - Vanity Fair's August 2006.  Photos by James Natchwey, article by Christopher Hitchens. To be writing these words. is for me, to undergo the severest test of my core belief - that sentences can be more powerful than pictures. More

 

 

Photo Exposé

The Vietnam Syndrome 

photographs by James Nachtwey/VII Photo VF.COM July 24, 2006


In Vietnam, Old Foes Take Aim at War's Toxic Legacy

By Anthony Faiola in the Washington Post  Monday, November 13, 2006; Page A01.  DA NANG, Vietnam -- For a stark reminder of the Vietnam War, people living near the airport in this central industrial city can still stroll along the old stone walls that once surrounded a U.S. military base. But Luu Thi Nguyen, a 31-year-old homemaker, needs only to look into the face of her young daughter. More

 

Accompanying the Washington Post article are two videos on Agent Orange by Travis Fox


Agent Orange Preys on Vietnam Decades Later. San Jose Mercury News, November 21, 2006. By Kim Oanh.  HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam - Dang Hong Nhut smiles broadly when she speaks about her firstborn, a son she describes as tall and handsome, born before American combat in Vietnam intensified. Her face wrinkles up in revulsion when conversation turns to her other child, who died years ago in her womb three months before full term. More


Agent Orange's Bitter Harvest  Science Magazine 12 January 2007: by Richard Stone HANOI--New findings paint a more sinister picture of the Vietnam War herbicide; scientists are trying to revive an epic study of its effects on U.S. veterans and clarify its legacy in Vietnam. More..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog Postings:

Common Cause Interfaith delegation to Vietnam :

Bob Edgar  - President, CEO Common Cause - Common Blog

Photos from Vietnam June 2, 2010

A Humanitarian Concern we can do something About.  May 28, 2010

The Guest House. May 27, 2010

Tears of Joy, Tears of Sadness May 26, 2010

Tired and Humble, Day 2 in Vietnam May 24, 2010

Journey for Justice  - May 24, 2010

Sister Maureen Fiedler  - host of Interfaith Voices National Catholic Reporter Blogs

Challenges ahead for Vietnam  - May 29, 2010

Vietnam Track II Diplomacy - May 28, 2010

The Story of Ly May 27, 2010

The earth Beneath our feet was toxic May 26, 2010

Let the Little Children Come to me. May 24, 2010

Pentecost in Vietnam May 23, 2010

 

 

Rabbi Steve Gutow-

Huffington Post

 

Vietnam: The Troops Go Home but the War Does Not End June 4, 2010

The Effects of Agent Orange: An Interreligious Investigation in Vietnam May 27, 2010

 

Why Is This Rabbi in Vietnam? May 25, 2010

 

Michael E. Livingston - Former National Council of Churches President


Decades after Vietnam, Agent Orange still maims  - June 9, 2010

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Vietnam Talking Points One Vietnam Agent Orange related blogs.


 

"DELAY, DENY AND HOPE THAT I DIE" - Two wars and a recession have significantly increased the claims handled by the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs, slowing the large bureaucracy and frustrating many veterans. Byron Pitts reports. David Schneider is the producer.: To Air on 60 Minutes. January 3, 2010

 


 

Vietnam's Lingering Ghost: Facing the Legacy of Agent Orange - HDNET - World Report reveals the ghost that the United States left behind when our troops left Vietnam Agent Orange. Greg Dobbs traveled to Vietnam for a report that reveals hundreds of people - especially children born years after the war - suffer from grotesque, debilitating deformities, mental retardation and cancer. Many Vietnamese believe these conditions are a direct result of Agent Orange. Should the U.S. be doing more to help the children who are still suffering over 30 years after the war? Available for viewing on iTunes for $1.99.


Agent Orange Devastates Generations of Vietnamese World Focus Report. (Video) January 15, 2009.   

World Focus correspondent Mark Litke and producer Ara Ayer travel to Vietnam to report on the long term impacts of Agent Orange/Dioxin on the Vietnamese land and people. This video report was part of their series on New Vietnam.


Agent Orange Vietnam's Lasting Legacy - on PBS Foreign Exchange Episode 322 (June 3-4, 2007) by Christie Aschwanden and George Lerner (film clip starts at min 16)
 

Also see the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for other videos from their trip to Vietnam.


Agent Orange: The Legacy of War.
Legendary Magnum photojournalist Philip Jones Griffiths returns to Vietnam to witness the continuing impact of Agent Orange. An 11-minute video by Lisa Miller.
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Podcasts:

 

The Legacy of Agent Orange

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NPR Weekend Edition Saturday, November 18, 2006 · One of the issues discussed when President Bush visited Vietnam this week was the long-term effect of the chemical defoliant Agent Orange. The Vietnamese say there are some 1 million people who have suffered health problems resulting from U.S. use of the chemical during the war.


The Legacy of Agent Orange - By Dave Kattenburg  EarthDoc  - Earth Chronicles Productions. December 11, 2007. "I remember watching Walter Cronkite report on the U.S. defoliation of Vietnam's forests. Enemy forces were hiding in the woods, he explained, as images of herbicide dusters swooping over Vietnamese jungle flickered on my TV screen. Agent Orange couldn't be good for people's health, I thought. I was right." More


The Legacy of Chemical War:  Vietnam and Agent Orange - Pod cast interview with Diane Fox, Coordinator of WLP's Agent Orange Education Project. National Catholic Reporter - June 1, 2007


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
     

New York Newsday Series by Andrew Metz

 

Still paying for the spraying-July 31, 2005

Bridging the chemical divide 

Legal battles over Agent Orange continue-July 31, 2005

Local family continues fight against Agent Orange-August 1, 2005

The Shadow of Agent Orange -  Flash video

Toxic Legacy - Graphic by Linda McKenney

Weapons of Viet Nam - Graphic

 

Archive Magazine articles:

 

le Bulletin Agent Orange issue, March 2005- in French

 

Agent Orange: The Next Generation - Mother Jones - February 2000 (pdf file with photos)

 

Apocalypse Still - Philadelphia Enquirer - January 1991 (in pdf)


US Policy regarding Agent Orange:

 

Agent Orange Still Haunts Vietnam, US - Ben Stocking - AP June 14, 2007

 

Vietnam to clean dioxin in hot spots Thanh Nien - July 19,2006

 

US Says Willing to Do More on Dioxin in Vietnam  (Reuters, June, 6, 2006)  HANOI - The United States is prepared to do more scientific work with Vietnam on the impacts of wartime poisoning of Vietnamese with dioxin, a military official said on Monday during a visit by US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. More...

 

US Won't Compensate Vietnam's Agent Orange Victims: Official (AFP, June 5, 2006) The United States won't compensate Vietnam's Agent Orange victims but will offer advice on dealing with the wartime defoliant, a US official said during a visit by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. More...

 

Dioxin in Vietnam: Fighting a Legacy of War  Environmental Health Perspectives,  March, 2001  by Susan M. Booker. Singapore was the site of an East--West convergence over the week of 27 November-1 December 2000. At the behest of their respective governments, scientists from the United States and Vietnam came together for what promises to be the first of many meetings. More...

 

 

 

Dioxin Hotspots in Vietnam

Czech Republic pledges $1.8 million to clean up Agent Orange - Thanh Nien, November 23, 2008

 

News about the Vietnamese Agent Orange Lawsuit


 

Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange Conference - March 28-29, 2006:

Agent Orange victims, activists testify from around the world Vietnam News Agency March 29, 2006

At Agent Orange conference, a plea to U.S. AP March 29, 2006

U.S. must act for Agent Orange victims, veterans say Reuters March 29, 2006

Agent Orange meeting ends with calls on US chemical cos to compensate victims AFX March 29, 2006

Agent Orange Victims Gather to Seek Justice Reuters - March 28, 2006

Veterans in Vietnam for Agent Orange meeting AFP March - 28, 2006

Vietnam War victims to sue US chemical companies Xinhua - March 28, 2006

Agent Orange victims demand justice for toxic damage AFP - March 28, 2006

Vietnam conference urges compensation for Agent Orange victims Deutsche Presse-Agentur - March 28, 2006

Vietnam War veterans, activists speak out about Agent Orange AP - March 28, 2006

Kedgley to speak at int'l Agent Orange conference March 27, 2006

Three decades later, Agent Orange still ravages Vietnam, GIs May 13, 2006  - Tim Wheeler People's Weekly World

 

One World.net Lawsuit page: http://www.oneworld.net/article/archive/6297

 


Stories about the Vietnamese

 

DOBBS: A poisonous legacy of the Vietnam War - Rocky Mountain News, December 12, 2008

The Legacy of Agent Orange: Children are the new victims of the Vietnam War - OhmyNews November, 18, 2006

by Ludwig De Braeckeleer

Agent Orange: the legacy of a weapon of mass destruction The Independent March 31, 2006

Agent Orange Victims Speak Out Albuquerque Journal North Dec 4, 2005

Vietnamese AO victims garner more support from American vets Nhan Dan, Nov 29, 2005

 

Vietnamese, Americans highlight plight of Agent Orange victims AFP - Nov. 29, 2005

 

Vietnam Agent Orange victims further campaign in Washington Thanh Nien - Nov. 28, 2005

 

Because of lingering effects of Agent Orange exposure, Vietnamese plead  for redress New York Newday - November 17. 2005

Vietnamese aided on war poison claim Chicago Tribune - November 25, 2005

French Prof supports labs for dioxin damage Tuoi Tre, November 25, 2005

 

Vietnamese-American director shows AO victims now Vietnamnet Oct. 10, 2005

The legacy of Agent Orange, BBC May 29, 2005

Falling Leaves, Broken Lives By Edward Tick, Published in Utne Reader, January/February 2005

 

Return to Vietnam (Pt. 5): Friendship Village (KTUU News - Alaska, February 9, 2005)

 

 


US Veterans

 

Secretary Shinseki Announces Study of Vietnam-Era Women Veterans - VA Press Release November 19, 2009. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is launching a comprehensive study of women Veterans who served in the military during the Vietnam War to explore the effects of their military service upon their mental and physical health. More...

 

Secretary Shinseki Announces New Efforts to Explore Health Consequences  – VA Press Release - September 14, 2009.  Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced today plans to begin additional research by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to better understand the health consequences of service in Vietnam.

“The National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study (NVVLS) will allow VA to pursue another valuable research tool,” Secretary Shinseki said. “The insight we gain from this study will help give us an understanding of how to better serve America’s Veterans.” More...

The National Academy of Sciences announces  that limited data suggests possible association between Agent Orange exposure and Ischemic Heart disease and Parkinson's disease in Vietnam Veterans. July 24, 2009 NAS Press release

 

Report Sees Agent Orange Link to More Illnesses

New York Times - By Jane Lorber. July 24, 2009.

An expert panel reported on Friday that two more diseases may be linked to exposure to Agent Orange, a defoliant used by the American military during the Vietnam War.  People exposed to the chemical appear, at least tentatively, to be more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease and ischemic heart disease, according to the report. More...

New Vietnam blight is cancer  - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 11, 2008

 Veterans Exposed To Agent Orange Have Higher Rates Of Prostate Cancer Recurrence Medical News Today – Health News  21 May 2007 The study was funded by the Georgia Cancer Coalition and the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Veterans exposed to Agent Orange have a 48 percent increased risk of prostate cancer recurrence following surgery than their unexposed peers, and when the disease comes back, it seems more aggressive, researchers say. More...

Cancer risk increased for Vietnam vets who didn't spray Agent Orange - Obesity, Fitness & Wellness Week, May 14, 2005.  Even Vietnam veterans who were not involved in spraying Agent Orange experienced higher levels of dioxin contamination, which is linked to an increased overall risk of cancer, reports a new study. More...

 


Australia and New Zealand

Agent Orange Causes Genetic Disturbance in New Zealand Vietnam War Veterans (4/23/2007)-New Zealand Karger Medical And Scientific Publishers  A study published in the journal "Cytogenetic and Genome Research" shows that exposure to Agent Orange, and other defoliants, has led to genetic disturbance in New Zealand Vietnam War veterans which continues to persist decades after their service. More...


Korean Veterans

S. Korean Vietnam War veterans still haunted by Agent Orange - Yonhap (South Korea) - Feb. 15, 2006


Philip Jones Griffiths Exhibit

 

Agent Orange discoverer tries to make amends - CT Post On-line Dec 11, 2005

 

 

Collateral Damage Fairfield County Weekly Dec. 1, 2005

 


Cambodia and Laos

 

Agent Orange Legacy - Cambodia Daily - March 20-21, 2004


Dioxin Hotspots in the US

Ex-EPA official worried about Mich. dioxin cleanup - Associated Press - February 11, 2009

 

 

 

August 10, 2004

Members of the Sambhavna Trust Clinic and a large number of their supporters held a vigil at Roshanpura Square today in support of the victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam. The Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange have declared August 10th, the first day that the US army sprayed chemicals over Vietnam, as the Vietnam Day for Agent Orange Victims. Holding candles and carrying pictures of Vietnamese victims, members of Sambhavna collected signatures on a global petition in solidarity with the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin. The petition is in support of the class action lawsuit filed by the Vietnamese victims in the US federal court. The suit seeks compensation from Dow Chemical and 36 other American chemical companies, which produced Agent Orange for the US army. Dow Chemical Company is the present owner of Union Carbide Corporation that caused the gas disaster in Bhopal in December 1984. From 1961 to 1971, during its invasion of Vietnam, the US army sprayed 79 million litres of Agent Orange and other defoliants to destroy over 3 million hectares of forests in southern Viet Nam. Agent Orange contained a high content of toxic dioxin, which caused genetic changes, cancer and deformities in the affected victims and their children and grandchildren. Of the 3 million victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam over 50, 000 have died of cancer and other diseases caused by exposure to Dioxin. Currently there are 50 thousand Vietnamese children with cleft lip, missing or shortened limbs, paralysis and other birth deformities. The Sambhavna Trust clinic provides free medical care to the survivors of the December '84 gas disaster as well as to the residents of the communities affected by ground water contamination by Union Carbide.

Satinath Sarangi

Managing Trustee

 


 

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