The Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange (AVAO -Dioxin) in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday held a press conference about the 10thestablishment anniversary of the association.
At the meeting, the association summed up its activities during 10 years including scientific seminar on overcoming the chemical consequences; to pool support for a Vietnamese-French woman, Tran To Nga, a dioxin victim, in her lawsuit against 26 U.S. chemical companies for producing dioxin chemicals to spray in Vietnam during wartime against France; a demonstration with 10,000 participants to support the struggle for Vietnamese dioxin victims and ground breaking ceremony for a village in Xuan Thoi Thuong commune in Hoc Mon District in HCMC to take care of Agent Orange victims.
Currently the country has nearly 5 million Agent Orange victims and of them, around 3 million people are disabled and live in despair. In HCMC, 19,000 people are Agent Orange victims. In 10 year establishment, the association has spent VND13 billion (US$ 598,000) to look after 5,234 agent orange victims; build charity houses; repair houses and supporting victim families’ businesses.
In addition, the association has also offered wheelchairs and motorbikes to victims who are difficult in moving as well as provided free orthopedic surgeries to them. Thanks to the assistance of the association, many agent orange victims have had stable life.
The even was presided by Major General Tran Ngoc Tho, former chief of staff of the High Command of Military Zone 7 and the chairman of the association with the participation of Prof. Dr Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong, Vice Chairwoman of the association, and Colonel Le Cuong, head of the Information Section of the association.