TUOI TRE, JUNE 27, 2006
A child victim of Agent Orange
VietNamNet – Compensation hearings for Vietnamese Agent Orange victims will begin in October this year. In support, many international photographers will enter works in a photo exhibition in America.
The photos have been taken as a demonstration of the effect of the toxins on civilians, and will be accompanied by a group of victims, who will travel to the US and tour several main centres.
Recently an anonymous American official told the press that the US would not offer compensation for Vietnamese Agent Orange victims, but would continue to provide its extensive technical support.
Responding to this, Vietnam Association of Agent Orange Victims President Tran Xuan Thu said he hoped that this would not be the official stance taken by the US government.
Local bodies donate $20k for AO victims’ legal fight
HA NOI — Vietnamese Agent Orange (AO) victims who have sued US chemical companies received a boost of funds following an AO awareness meeting held in Ha Noi on Sunday.
Various organisations, agencies and individuals contributed more than VND333 million (US$20,800) to help AO/Dioxin victims. The funds were raised at the “Nhip cau nhan ai” (charitable bridge) exchange prog-ramme, which called for assistance from domestic sources and foreign friends in the lawsuit.
The fund-raising meeting, which was telecast live on channel VTV1, also examined the loss and grief suffered by AO victims, especially women and children that are part of the 3rd generation of AO victims.
Along with an exhibition of photos on the impact of AO, visitors heard from the wives and mothers of AO/Dioxin victims talk about their sorrow, concerns and hopes. Audiences also heard from a three-member delegation that had toured 10 cities in the US to meet with and call on the American people to support the lawsuit by the Vietnamese AO victims.
Trinh Cong Thanh, a young disabled man, has established a website at http://www.Vndioxin.net to provide information about Vietnamese AO/Dioxin victims.
The programme was organised by the Viet Nam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA), the Communist Party of Viet Nam’s Electronic Newspaper, Viet Nam Television and the BMS trademark promotion company. — VNS